Up to 20% of older adults lose weight without intending to. Though some loss, around 1/4 to 1/2 pound a year, is normal after age 70, alert your doctor if you’re losing a significant amount.
In some cases, this could be linked to serious health conditions such as cancer. “Anything more than a 5% reduction in body weight within six months should be elevated by a doctor,” says Elizabeth Eckstrom, M.D. The doctor should take a thorough history, do a physical exam, assess you for depression and dementia, review your medications, order further testing based on symptoms, and then determine how best to treat you.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health February 2018
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