Weight loss treatment in long-term care: Are outcomes improved with oral supplements and appetite stimulants?

Kalpana P. Padala, Brenda K. Keller, Jane Frances Potter

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Unintentional weight loss is a common problem that leads to adverse health outcomes in the long-term care setting. Although depression and adverse drug reactions are the commonest causes, weight loss is multi-factorial and often does not resolve just with a single intervention. Several strategies such as diet modification, addition of flavor enhancers, nutritional supplements and appetite stimulants are commonly used for unintentional weight loss.We present here a review of studies examining the role of such strategies in the treatment of unintentional weight loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Nutrition for the Elderly
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 8 2007



  • Appetite stimulants
  • Long-term care
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Unintentional weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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