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Weight loss and undernutrition in community-dwelling patients with Alzheimer's dementia
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Abstract
Weight loss and undernutrition are commonly described in patients with Alzheimers disease (AD) and have been associated with various adverse outcomes. Therefore, it is important to know what the best approach is to community-dwelling AD patients with a risk of developing a poor nutritional status; however, there is currently no evidence on which to base nutritional recommendations. Expert based recommendations are that the nutritional status should be part of the work-up of all AD patients. If weight loss of 5 % or more has occurred in 36 months or if the mini-nutritional assessment (MNA) classifies a patient as undernourished, a nutritional intervention should be started. The intervention should be multifactorial and encompass treatment of the underlying proposed causes and risk factors of weight loss and undernutrition as well as improvement of the nutritional status by increasing energy and protein intake combined with daily physical activity.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie. - Darmstadt
Publication
Darmstadt : 2015
ISSN
0948-6704
Volume/pages
48:4(2015), p. 318-324
ISI
000355983900004
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 17.06.2017
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