Unintentional Weight Loss

Weight loss can be a serious problem for seniors.  While some weight loss is healthy, unintentional weight loss can cause other health problems.  Of all senior adults, 15%-20% lose weight.  Senior adults who have lost 5% of their total body weight are 4 times more likely to develop serious health problems or die within six months of the weight loss.  Of those five percent, 80% are more likely to fall, resulting in hip fractures, brain bleed, or other fractures.

          Causes of Weight Loss:

  • Cardiac Problems
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Depression
  • Medication Side Effects

           Tips to Fight Weight Loss:

  • High Protein Snacks
  • Small, Frequent Meals
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • See a Doctor to Evaluate Medicines as Cause
  • Appetite Stimulant

Remember to weigh every week at the same time, every time.  Report continued weight loss to your doctor.  For more information, visit GreatOaksManagement.com.