July 23, 2021

Unintentional Weight Loss in Older Adults – 07/23/2021

American Family Physician

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?myncbishare=dukemlib&dr=abstract&otool=dukemlib&term= 24784334

The differential is broad, but between 6-28% of the time, a cause is not found. From the Choosing Wisely Campaign, the American Geriatrics Society recommends the avoidance of prescription appetite stimulants or high-calorie supplements for the treatment of anorexia or cachexia in older adults. Know that there is a cachexia syndrome associated with weight loss>5% in 12 months that is associated not only with cancer, but also COPD and chronic kidney disease.