Effect of olfactory and gustatory dysfunction and motor symptoms on body weight in patients with Parkinson’s disease

Masala, Carla
Loy, Francesco;Piras, Raffaella;Liscia, Anna;Moat, Alan;Solla, Paolo;Defazio, Giovanni


Background: Non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease (PD) are often associated with a negative impact on the patients’ quality of life and on their weight regulation. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of olfactory and gustatory dysfunction, apathy, fatigue, depression, and motor symptoms on weight regulation in PD patients. Methods: We analyzed 112 participants, 63 PD patients (mean age ± SD: 69.2 ± 10.1), and 49 controls (mean age ± SD: 68 ± 9.6). For each participant we collected age, weight, height, BMI, olfactory and gustatory function, cognitive performance, apathy and fatigue. Results: Our data showed that 61.9% (n = 39) of PD patients had hyposmia, while 38.1% (n = 24) had anosmia. In PD patients, we observed a significant effect of Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), apathy, odor threshold, sweet perception and fatigue on weight regulation. Instead, there was no significant effect for depression and levodopa equivalent daily dosage (LEDD). Conclusion: Our results suggest that PD non-motor symptoms such as olfactory/gustatory deficits and mood disorders may influence body weight.
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Weight change; olfactory dysfunction; gustatory dysfunction; Parkinson’s disease
Masala, Carla; Loy, Francesco; Piras, Raffaella; Liscia, Anna; Fadda, Laura; Moat, Alan; Solla, Paolo; Defazio, Giovanni
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