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Clin Geriatr Med. 2007 Nov;23(4):757-67, v-vi.

The aging gut: physiology.

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Division of Geriatric Medicine, Saint Louis University Medical Center, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 1402 South Grand Boulevard, M238, St. Louis, MO 63104, USA. morley@slu.edu

Abstract

Changes in the physiology of the gastrointestinal tract with aging are less obvious than are seen in other organs, such as the brain. Nevertheless, physiologic changes play a role in the anorexia of aging, postprandial hypotension, aspiration pneumonia, increased Clostridium difficile infections, fecal incontinence, gallstones, and altered drug metabolism.

PMID:
17923336
DOI:
10.1016/j.cger.2007.06.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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