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Done triple bypass surgery. No appetite, weight loss. Have diabetes type 2. What could this be?

Hello My Husband had a triple by pass in August 2012. He has no appetite and it is causing me concern, he is 70 years old. He weighed 16St 2lbs prior to getting colitis . he is now 13st lb but most of the weight ahs been lost since around July August 2012. he is a long standing diabetic type 2 and developed colitis in April 2012, he di not loose his appetite until the heart surgery he eats a couple of mouthfuls and say he is full up. he has a preference for sweet stuff and liquids. he is very depressed about his appetite, he cant stand the smell of food cooking. what can I do, we have spoken to GP and cardiac team but no one seems to be able to help. what do you think this could be and what can I do thank you carol downham
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Dear Carol,

Sometimes post-op patients do loose appetite for a while. It takes time but in a while they get it back, Sometimes it is also to do with physical activity. Remember since he is post op he would be lying in bed all the time and hence getting very little physical activity and hence his appetite would also be less. Sometimes medications also alter the appetite. In all cases as long as his nutrition is maintained and he is not lossing weight, I wouldn't worry much. Start him off on some protein powders / shakes between meals , and ask him to take it as if it is medications so that his nutrition is maintained.

Hope this helps Carol.

Dr. Om Lakhani, MD
Answered: Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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