A 53-year-old female asked:
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if my body does not absorb key nutrients can that cause malnutrition? and can malnutrition cause total body muscle atrophy?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes and yes: Yes both are correct. Especially if you do not regularly exercise- then you can lose your muscle.
Answered on Nov 24, 2013
Dr. Steven Charlap
37 years experience Holistic Medicine
Yes and yes: The definition of malnutrition is the absence of key nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, Amino Acids and fatty acids. Without these nutrients, the body, including muscle will waste away. If you believe you are malnourished, please see a doctor immediately.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014

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