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Does a change in appetite require a trip to the doctor?


Question: My 70 year old mother can't eat. She is on medication for mental illness and diabetes. She says that everything she eats tastes nasty. As a result, she is losing a lot of weight. I'm not sure what to do.

Dr. Amy: This is a medical matter, so you need to take your mother to her doctor to have this problem examined. Your mom’s symptoms could be caused by a number of different things, and her doctor is best qualified to assess the situation.

Whenever we experience a shift in how well we function, we should go to the doctor and get checked out. Good luck and please do not delay.

If medically your mom is OK, this might be a time to get creative and try different dishes that your mom might enjoy. A dietician can help you with this.

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