As we grow older,why do we lose our appetite?

@amadeo (65891)
United States
January 23, 2016 7:31am CST
Good morning folks.Some of you getting this storm out there? We have a very cloudy day.Before heading out and wondering some of my seniors here that I have a question?Do some of you lose your appetite when older. When I say older like seventies or later.For me I have noticed that mine is down and not interest in food.I heard this from many source on this. When I go for my check up they always ask me If I have a loss my appetite No!but lately I do.Why do they ask these question?not sure there is a cure for this. Just curious.Why do we get a loss for this?this is mostly the elders and like to hear from them.
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19 responses
@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
23 Jan 16
I'm 76 and have a good appetite - I wish I didn't as it would be easier to lose weight.
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• United States
23 Jan 16
@jabouk me too...my appetite has always been good
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@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
well guess you will have to wait till you are in your middle eighties like me.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
23 Jan 16
1 bite, 2 bites, 3 bites; stop. lol @jaboUK .
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
23 Jan 16
I'm 64 @amadeo and I do eat a little less. I think as you age the body metabolism slows down and therefore you don't need near the intake as when you were younger. A person's activity level has usually slowed down as well and you don't need near the calories either. However, a good balance of food at maybe smaller amounts at 3 or 4 times a day is better for the aging body.
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@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@nanaette64 Sounds good to me.Will see what the doc say in my check up
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@UncleJoe (9950)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
23 Jan 16
Oh, sure! He didn't buy it when I said the same thing but watch when a pretty woman suggests something! LOL
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
23 Jan 16
@UncleJoe We must have been typing at the same time and mine came in first. lol But at least we gave an intelligent response.
@UncleJoe (9950)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
23 Jan 16
Our activity is reduced as we get older, burning fewer calories. Irregularity can also cause this too. Less activitry means we burn less fuel.
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@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
well I am very active.As I play tennis three times a week along with my workout.
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@UncleJoe (9950)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
23 Jan 16
@amadeo Okay, I can admit being wrong. Perhaps you have a terminal illness. I shouldn't have been thinking so positive. LOL
• United States
23 Jan 16
Storm here is howling outside and I think we got all your New England snow this time around I think a significant loss of appetite can be a sign of something serious going on & that's why the doctors ask especially if there's a weight loss that isn't intentional.
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@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@Marilynda yes you are right.No I am not losing weight but the other way around gain some,lose some
@marlina (73884)
• Canada
23 Jan 16
I do not eat as much as I used to. I find that my taste buds have diminished a lot. I don't know if it is because of medication or growing older.
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@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@marlina I have been hearing a lot about this.Few people here talk about te med.
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@DianneN (78316)
• United States
23 Jan 16
I am nowhere near 70, but hope I don't lose my appetite. I love food too much.
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@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@DianneN well you have ten years to go and you will see the difference. We all love foodd.
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@DianneN (78316)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@amadeo 40 years to go - lol!
@TRBRocks420 (77626)
• Banks, Oregon
23 Jan 16
Luckily no storm here and, hope your appetite returns. I know I haven't lost mine
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@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@TRBRocks420 we are not supposed to get any if we do very little
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• United States
23 Jan 16
Lose our appetites - NO WAY. They ask because loss of appetite and a wight loss can indicate serious issues.
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@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@abbygreenhill.guess,I will have to tell the doc.I do not have weight loss
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@alberello75 (17531)
• Genova, Italy
23 Jan 16
Well, in my case, only recently a strange thing happens. I eat normally, but, week after week, I notice instead of losing weight! I do not have any information about if "getting older", loses appetite. However, I know many people of a certain age, and known that they always eat regularly.
@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@alberello75 did you have the weight loss checked out there?
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@alberello75 (17531)
• Genova, Italy
23 Jan 16
@amadeo Yes, I realize that, for week in week I lose weight. Every Saturday morning measure myself with the electronic balances, and from there, I can see. My parents would like take me a visit in the hospital.
@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
23 Jan 16
I do not eat as much as I used to because of the medications I am on.
@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@marcyas well I never thought of this.You could be right. Now you got me thinking with the cough syrup had anything to do with this.
@amnabas (10282)
• Karachi, Pakistan
23 Jan 16
You are right i am going through appetite loss and its making me sleepy .
@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@amnabas making you sleepy .That is interesting there.
• United States
23 Jan 16
I wouldnt know, but I never eat breakfast, I dont get hungry til later in the day. My elderly mother eats like a bird however.
@amadeo (65891)
• United States
23 Jan 16
@TiarasOceanView.Yes,at that age some do eat like a bird.
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@garymarsh6 (14075)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 16
Certainly your tastebuds are not quite what they once were maybe you need to spice up your food a bit more with herbs and things to make it more appetising. Some foods are the gift of the Gods. Try to enjoy all those things you once liked or go on a tour of discovery and make more interesting dishes you have never tried before.
@MarymargII (9770)
• Toronto, Ontario
24 Jan 16
Maybe as you age you lose your taste buds. You should always eat though or make things you like- You used to make pies- that would keep my appetite up- lol!
@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
24 Jan 16
I guess it's because we're not as active as when we were younger. Both my husband and I eat far less now.
• United States
24 Jan 16
I know that as we age our taste buds change and the food that we once enjoyed is no longer palatable. Changing the recipe by adding herbs and spices can help. I often doctored up the meals on wheels that my clients had delivered to them for their main meal. They were bland and lacked a lot of flavor. I have a few elderly clients whose appetite has increased. I attribute it to boredom.
• Japan
24 Jan 16
My appetite is fine but my insides do not like spicy foods and a number of other things, more's the pity, because I love food.
@Missmwngi (9934)
• Nairobi, Kenya
23 Jan 16
Judging with my grandmother maybe yes
• Preston, England
23 Jan 16
hope I never lose my appetites