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Why do older people have trouble eating?

Lawrence S. Friedman, MD
Gastroenterology
As you age, changes begin in the mouth, where the number of taste buds begins to decline. So does the sensitivity of those that remain. The chewing muscles also begin to weaken. As a result, some older folks lose interest in food, begin to lose weight, and develop nutritional deficiencies. Losing teeth can also reduce interest in eating. Good dental care is important so that eating doesn't become a problem.

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