Ask The Expert
September 08, 2010
People may experience a decrease in appetite and loss of weight with any chronic illness.
Helping people when they are losing weight usually has two components:
Poor appetite and weight loss are especially a problem for people with dementia. Working with your doctor or a specialist may allow for some treatments for the dementia, although the impact of these treatments is often quite small.
There are some medications that are used to increase appetite. However, the risk of side effects usually outweighs the benefits of possible weight gain. Even when do work, the weight gain is often only temporary.