Causes of unintentional weight loss in elderly patients

MEALS ON WHEALS

  • Medication effects
  • Emotional problems (especially depression)
  • Anorexia nervosa, alcoholism
  • Late life paranoia
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Oral factors (such as poorly fitting dentures, caries)
  • No money
  • Wandering and other dementia related behaviours
  • Hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, hypoadrenalism
  • Enteric problems
  • Eating problems (such as an inability to feed oneself)
  • Low salt, low cholesterol diet
  • Stones, social problems (such as isolation, an inability to obtain preferred foods)
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