The probable cause of dizziness when an elderly person eats is related to the aging process, says a doctor.

Do you know of an elderly person who reports feeling dizzy when they eat (or shortly afterwards)?

Or perhaps you yourself, being over age 65, get a feeling of dizziness during a meal.

Eating should not make anybody feel dizzy or lightheaded.

For this article I consulted with Carolyn Dean, MD, ND – Medical Advisory Board Member of the non-profit Nutritional Magnesium Association at nutritionalmagnesium.org.

What can cause this dizzy feeling while eating?

Dr. Dean states, “I can see that happening in the elderly with poor head and brain circulation. Perhaps with carotid artery plaque.

“Then when they eat, blood is diverted to the stomach and less gets to the head and brain.”

Carotid artery plaque means “clogged” arteries, or a narrowed diameter of the interior of the arteries.

This means reduced blood flow to the brain. So when this blood flow is diverted due to the intake of food, this can be a tipping point as far as reduced blood flow to the brain — resulting in a funny feeling in the head.

With blood being diverted to the stomach to facilitate the digestive process, there’s less blood reaching the brain neurons in the elderly person.

This compounds the already-compromised circulation due to carotid artery disease.

Solutions to the dizziness?

Dr. Dean says, “First use high dose magnesium therapy and
vitamin K2 to help dissolve the calcium in plaque before preceding with the standard therapy of surgical removal of carotid artery plaque.”

The best way to take a magnesium supplement, says Dr. Dean, is in powdered form, because it absorbs the best.

Magnesium aids with hundreds of functions in the body, and most people do not get enough  of this mineral.

Powdered magnesium is readily sold online and at stores. It’s tasteless and mixes easily with water.

This is not the cure for carotid artery disease, but can be part of the overall management of the condition.

If your primary care physician is not able to tell you what can be causing a dizzy feeling when eating, you should see a cardiologist and inquire about carotid artery disease.

Dr. Dean, in practice for 35+ years and author of “The Magnesium Miracle,” is also a naturopath, nutritionist, herbalist, acupuncturist, lecturer and consultant.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  

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