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Med Clin (Barc). 2008 Apr 19;130(14):531-3.

[Loss of appetite in elderly people in the community and its relationship with functional capacity].

[Article in Spanish]

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Unidad de Investigación, Consorci Sanitari del Maresme, Mataró, CIBER Enfermedades Hepáticas y Digestivas, Barcelona, España. mserra@csdm.cat

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:

The reasons of anorexia of ageing are multiple and not well-known. One of them is loss of appetite. We aimed to know the prevalence of self-reported appetite-loss in the elderly and its relationship with nutritional status, muscle strength and functional capacity.

SUBJECTS AND METHOD:

A population based cross-sectional study in which 236 non-institutionalized subjects over 70 years were randomly selected. Hand grip, functional capacity and nutritional status were assessed and a specific questionnaire was administered to assess appetite. Anorexia or loss of appetite was considered when subjects declared none or low usual appetite both in breakfast and lunch time.

RESULTS:

A 30.0% global prevalence of anorexia was observed (37.1% in females and 17.9% in males; p = 0.001). Loss of appetite was related to higher risk of malnutrition (41% in anorexic vs 27% in non-anorexic; p = 0.039), lower muscular strength and poorer functional capacity.

CONCLUSIONS:

Loss of appetite in the elderly has a high prevalence and must alert about frailty.

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18457619
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