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J Nutr Health Aging. 2002 May;6(3):201-5.

Weight loss and metabolic changes in dementia.

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Department of Medicine, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged and Gerontology Division, Beth Israel Deaconess Medicial Center, Boston, Massachusetts 02131, USA. wang@mail.hrca.harvard.edu

Abstract

Weight loss is common in elderly people with dementia, particularly those with Alzheimer s disease, and feeding difficulties are major issues in their care in the later stages of their disease. This review summarizes data from cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of weight changes with dementia, physiologic aspects of the metabolic and nutritional changes in dementia, and treatment strategies to minimize weight loss.

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