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Can you tell me how kwashiorkor occurs in a person's body?

Can you tell me how kwashiorkor occurs in a person's body?

Kwashiorkor: Occurs as a result of severe protein malnutrition. It is rarely seen in developed countries but occurs in areas of famine or poor food supply. The abdomen becomes large due to edema and fatty infiltration of the liver. You can develop kwashiorkor even if you eat enough calories, if there isn't enough protein in the diet. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Why does kwashiorkor often occur among children six months to eighteen months old?

Why does kwashiorkor often occur among children six months to eighteen months old?

Nutritional reserves: Primarily seen in african countries, kwashiorkor is a protein-calorie deficiency, seen in starvation. The younger children have less muscle, less reserve and therefore more susceptible, particularly upon transition away from nursing. Some would argue that kwashiorkor should be a term applicable to starving adults as well, but protein deficiency edema in starving adults may have other causes. ...Read more

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Why is there an edema in kwashiorkor but not in merasmus?

Why is there an edema in kwashiorkor but not in merasmus?

Protein vs calories: In Kwash, there is significant deficiency in protein intake which in turn leads to drop in the oncotic pressure inside the blood vessels, causing leakage of fluids to the third spaces hence the edema. In merasmus, there is calorie deficit in general but still enough protein intake to maintain normal oncotic pressure. ...Read more

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Could I have kwashiorkor if I have fever?

Could I have kwashiorkor if I have fever?

Kwashiorkor is...: A constellation of signs and symptoms that reflect severe protein malnutrition. Classically there is a protuberant abdomen from low osmotic pressure in the vascular compartment. In the peritoneal cavity, which surrounds the abdominal organs, accumulated fluid is called ascites. Other symptoms are skin ulcers, fussiness, poor oral intake, and fatty liver. Fever is not specific to kwashiorkor. ...Read more

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If someone ate nothing but fruit could they develop kwashiorkor?

Sure: Sure you could! Kwashiorkor is a disease of poor countries, we just don't have is among kids here in the US. BUT theoretically if you ate only fruit indefinitely, you would get it eventually. ...Read more

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Why the deficit in height is less in kwashiorkor tgan in marasmus & marasmuc kwo?

Nutrition exam: It sounds like you have a nutrition exam or assignment you're working on. There are many important differences between kwashiorkor and marasmus including protein calorie malnutrition, lymphopenia, a typical appearance, etc. It's an important subject to learn. ...Read more

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Are there any new, non invasive treatment options for kwashiorkor?

It depends: This condition is severe protein-calorie malnutrition. If the patient is able to assimulate nutrients orally, that is the ideal treatment route. If not the other option include gastric feeding (oral tube or external gastric puncture) or intravenous alimentation (iv nutrients). ...Read more

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Please explain why is kwashiorkor manifested with protuberant belly?

Please explain why is kwashiorkor manifested with protuberant belly?

Fluid accumulation: The profound protein deficiency of this disorder prevents the blood from holding fluid within the blood vessels. It leaks into the tissues and organs, making them large and waterlogged. The protuberant belly reflects these organs pushing out of the pelvis and abdomen. ...Read more

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Can a baby be born with kwashiorkor if the mom has it?

Can a baby be born with kwashiorkor if the mom has it?

Malnourished babies: Babie whose moms have severe malnourishment can suffer from these conditions when they are born. This is because they are being starved in utero. ...Read more

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Why does kwashiorkor cause liver enlargement?

Why does kwashiorkor cause liver enlargement?

Fatty Liver: Protein-calorie malnutrition diseases may be associated with low serum Albumin (protein) and "fatty" livers...Enlarged...Because of decreased release of fats into the bloodstream to form certain types of proteins (lipoproteins). ...Read more

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Can you tell me if throughout kwashiorkor, how does a deficiency of protein makes a belly swell?

Can you tell me if throughout kwashiorkor, how does a deficiency of protein makes a belly swell?

Fluid accumulation: The profound protein deficiency of this disorder prevents the blood from holding fluid within the blood vessels. It leaks into the tissues and organs, making them large and waterlogged. The protuberant belly reflects these organs pushing out of the pelvis and abdomen. ...Read more

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What are the complication of kwarshiorkor in children?

Multiple: Kwashiorkor (k) is a process that leads to a multitude of problems. Early symptoms include apathy, lethergy and irritability. Loss of muscle mass, skin probs, swelling in organs, face & limbs, & increased susceptability to infection. Stupor and coma may occcur with death rates approaching 40% even under rx. Survivors will generally have long term mental and physical deficiencies. ...Read more

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What a good diet?

What a good diet?

Balanced diet: Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, and whole grains; low in saturated fats and processed foods. Limit intake of alcohol. It would be good to supplement your diet with aerobic exercise for a healthful life style. ...Read more

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What the best diet?

What the best diet?

Depends: It's a numbers game and a genetics thing. Overall the ornish or zone diet. But you need to know how many calories you burn everyday and how many u consume. You want to burn more than you eat. However, some people won't lose wt bec of hormone imbalances or lack of muscles. Diet alone will not work you must exercise and wt train. ...Read more

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What's a good diet?

What's a good diet?

Avoid processed food: Simple sugars and processed carbs should be avoided or limited. This includes any flour product. The fine grind makes absorption quick, and spikes your blood sugar which increases Insulin and promotes weight gain. Good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil are fine in sensible amounts. Eat a rainbow of organic vegetables and just enough protein. ...Read more

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How is the abc diet?

How is the abc diet?

Dangerous: The ABC Diet or Ana Boot Camp Diet lasts for 50 days with calories ranging from 0 to 500 per day except one day at 800 calories. It is essentially a starvation diet. It is predictable that a high percentage of muscle mass will be lost. This is a dangerous “diet” – Must recommend against it. ...Read more

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What's the best diet?

What's the best diet?

Diet?: There is no best diet. No restrictive plan ever works long term. A "diet" usually means that the patient is going to go off of the "diet" when they have lost the weight. Guess what happens then? You go back to the foods you gave up...And you gain the weight back.
Most patients then feel like failures, and it's not their fault! Reducing
food portions, exercise, support for change will help. ...Read more

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Can kids go on diets?

Can kids go on diets?

Depends on age: If you have an obese infant, it is still important to provide a minimum amount of calories and breastmilk or formula mixed to the right concentration to avoid electrolyte abnormalities. Older children can be placed on diets, but it is important to have this catered to the age of the child so that he or she is still getting in enough of the right calories + nutrition for adequate growth. ...Read more

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What is the abc diet?

Ana Boot Camp Diet: The ABC Diet or Ana Boot Camp Diet lasts for 50 days w calories ranging from 0 to 500 per day except 1 day at 800 calories. It is essentially a starvation diet which rotates the # of calories eaten each day. It is predictable that high % of muscle mass will be lost. This is a dangerous “diet” – Must recommend against it. ...Read more

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What is the best diet?

What is the best diet?

Balanced diet: A diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low in saturated fats is generally a good choice. You will need to limit calories to avoid gaining weight. Do not use tobacco and avoid alcohol. Diet needs to be tailored to an individual and you may wish to consult a nutritionist. ...Read more

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Why do diets not work?

Why do diets not work?

All diets can work: All diets have a basic underpinning: ingest fewer calories than your body b urns so that you lose weight. The novelty of new diet types usually causes a burst of weight loss. The problem is that few can sustain the diet and they regress into their previous food intake and exercise pattern which causes the weight to return. ...Read more

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What is pristine diet?

What is pristine diet?

Pristine diet: Pristine diet is a diet that consists of food in the food pyramid scheme. These are foods that are considered most healthy for you. ...Read more

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How to control our diet?

How to control our diet?

No junk food: Avoid eating junk food and prepares food that has flavor enhancers in them. These include msg, soy protein isolate, protein isolate, carragenan all there to make you eat more.

Avoid fructose and high fructose corn syrup. Eat more protein and vegetables preferably organic and aviod bread and dairy products and you will lose weight. ...Read more

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What diet is good for me?

Dietician: If you have concerns about your weight and diet or if you have medical issues requiring a special diet, your best bet is to make a one time appointment with a dietician at your local hospital. He/she will review your eating habits, determine your ideal weight and appropriate amount of daily calories you need considering your general health and level of physical activity. ...Read more

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What diet neutralizes bo?

What diet neutralizes bo?

Healthy one!: People sweat but don't all smell bad. Key is likely in your diet. Junk food, processed foods, pungent food make for foul smells. Instead, lots of fruit and veges, lean meats, regular bathing, clean clothes. Baking powder under your pits dampens smell. Great product out of israel, a cream deodorant called lavalin. Apply once, gets a week or so without bo! ...Read more

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What is the rotation diet?

What is the rotation diet?

Every 4 days: The rotation diet refers to eating the same food only once every 4 days to prevent sensitivity reactions. The theory behind it is that food usually takes 4 days to travel through the intestinal tract so by the time you eat the food again, the body does not recognize it as a sensitivity. ...Read more

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What is the best hgc diet?

What is the best hgc diet?

HCG diet: The best is 500 cal per day split between lunch and dinner with approx 80 gm of protein, a furor and the balance made up of vegetables., but I would suggest that the best way to do this diet is under the supervision of a physician who is proficient at it. ...Read more

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Smoothie diet help please!?

Smoothie diet help please!?

Please rephrase Q: Can you please rephrase question with more specifics?

In general, smoothies are good, if the vegetable content is high, and the sugars/ fructose syrup are kept low.

Yum yum. ...Read more

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What is the perfect diet...

What is the perfect diet...

Make it personal: A perfect diet is one that promotes health and well-being. Fad diets don't work! Experiment with foods and listen to your body! Most importantly, eliminate processed foods, and limit sugar intake, especially high fructose corn syrup. The quality of your calories is as important as the quantity. Vegetables (organic), lean protein, healthy fats (no trans-), and plenty of water are foundational. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Kwashiorkor (Definition)

Malnutrition produced by a severely inadequate amount of ...Read more