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Weight loss in older people may be a sign of approaching dementia

A study published in the Archives of Neurology reports that weight loss late in life may be early signs of dementia. In the long term study, old men (aged 77-88) with dementia lost about 10% of their weight several years before their dementia was diagnosed. Once dementia occurs, patients may increasingly suffer as they forget to eat which can lead to poorer nutrition and the associated complications. It is not yet known if nutritional supplements given when weight loss first starts may slow the onset of dementia.

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About: Weight loss in older people may be a sign of approaching dementia

Date: January 2005

Source: Fox News

Author: Miranda Hitti


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