Wellness through Nutrition
by Egidio Del Fabbro, MD
The term cachexia refers to a specific condition characterized by involuntary weight loss, poor appetite, and muscle wasting. It is important to note that cachexia is quite different from starvation. Consuming more calories will not reverse the loss of muscle and fat. And unlike starvation, which is always accompanied by an increased appetite, people with cachexia often have a poor appetite despite weight loss.
by Danielle Karsies, MS, RD, CSO
Feeling drained? You’re not alone. Almost all cancer survivors will experience fatigue at some point during their treatment or recovery. While eating may not feel worth the effort, especially when you don’t have much of an appetite, it is. Food is the fuel on which your body runs. Just like you can’t expect your car to run without gas, your body cannot run without food. To fight fatigue, you need to consume enough calories and protein from high-octane foods to rev your engine.
by Colleen Gill, MS, RD, CSO
Three common problems lead to the rapid weight loss associated with many cancers and cancer treatments. Without hunger, it’s easy to forget to eat. When food no longer tastes right, there’s little incentive to finish. Filling up on half the food you could previously eat thwarts anyone’s best intentions.
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