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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.


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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