Anorexia of Aging - An Updated Short Review

  • Agathe Daria JadczakEmail author
  • R. Visvanathan


The anorexia of aging affects approximately a quarter of older people and is a major contributor to the development of under-nutrition and many other adverse health outcomes in older people. Despite the high prevalence, the anorexia of aging is frequently overlooked by clinicians and, of even more concern, it is commonly accepted as inevitable and a part of ‘normal’ aging. Early identification of risk coupled with efforts to mitigate these risks through appropriate interventions might stem the deleterious consequences of the anorexia of aging. This review aims to provide an update on the current knowledge base whilst making some practical suggestions that may be of use in clinical practice. Interventions such as exercise and good nutrition remain the preferred treatment while pharmacological options, whilst they continue to be trialed, are not currently recommended for routine clinical use.

Key words

Anorexia aging weight loss malnutrition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence Frailty and Healthy AgingUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Adelaide Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care (G-TRAC) Centre, Adelaide Medical SchoolUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Aged and Extended Care Services, The Queen Elizabeth HospitalCentral Adelaide Local Health NetworkAdelaideAustralia
  4. 4.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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