Nutritional problems, especially weight loss are very common in people with Alzheimer’s. This study looks at the associations of nutritional status with Alzheimer’s and related brain changes.
Not only are Alzheimer’s patients dealing with memory trouble they often experience unexplainable weight loss, thereby diminishing their overall health.
Could the brain changes experienced in Alzheimer’s also effect body mass?
Brain scans were taken to determine what was happening with those in early stage Alzheimer’s versus a control group. The two groups were compared to try and find the nutritional status of each participant in the areas of: body mass index, waist to height ratio, fat mass index, fat-free mass index and brain changes.
What was discovered: Decreased glucose metabolism, decrease in fat mass based on differences in the glucose metabolism regions of the brain with those suffering from Alzheimer’s.
- 1Helping those with Alzheimer’s stay physically healthy is important.
- 2Researching weight loss in those with Alzheimer’s can help us help patients and better understand the role the brain plays in weight.
- 3Brain scans are advancing our understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease.
“This study is a very important study to help understand the underlying mechanism of weight loss in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.”, says Dr. Takashi Sakurai