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Accelerated Weight Loss May Signal Imminent Dementia Onset

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o Explain to interested patients that weight loss is a common feature of advanced age, and that the findings of this study - an association between accelerated weight loss and the risk of dementia -- need to be confirmed in larger studies.

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 11 -- An early warning sign for Alzheimer's disease could be accelerated weight loss, researchers here suggested.

Among more than 400 healthy older adults ages 65 to 95, followed as part of a longitudinal study of Alzheimer's, those who had a sudden doubling of the rate of weight loss developed dementia about a year later, found David K. Johnson, Ph.D., of Washington University, and colleagues.

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