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Malnutrition (Overview)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or over utilization of nutrients.


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What is malnutrition?

What is malnutrition?

Poor nutrition: Mal nutrition- means poor nutrition, it can mean not enough protein, not enough carbohydrates and or not enough fats in the diet. All of the above are needed for a healthy body. Under nutrition can also lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, such as iron poor anemia. The best plan is a well balanced diet, with a variety of foods- eating in moderation, from each food group-= ...Read more

Malnutrition (Overview)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or over utilization of nutrients.


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What causes malnutrition?

Many things: Poor intake of food, inadequate absorption, increased requirements as during inflammation and infections. Absorption conditions that can lead to malnutrition for example, include, celiac, crohn's and colitis. Increased losses may be seen in maldigestion such as pancreas problems- diabetes, - where you don't metabolize sugar and carbohydrates in your body without the help of insulin. ...Read more

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Do people in us get malnutrition?

Do people in us get malnutrition?

Yes: Usually it is self inflicted by adopting fad diets that are not really balanced. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of malnutrition?

Too many to list: Undernutrition - weakness, anemia, bone loss, infections, skin rashes, diarrhea, bleeding, tooth loss, infertitlity, etc.
Overnutrition: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. ...Read more

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What should I feed a person with malnutrition?

What should I feed a person with malnutrition?

Protein: Protein, vitamins, and mineral are especially important in people who are malnourished. The immune system is especially vulnerable in malnourished persons, and needs to be reconstituted as soon as possible to prevent the ill consequences of infections. ...Read more

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How to identify the main causes of malnutrition?

Causes: Inadequate intake, absorption problems, digestion problems- oare all causes- see your doctor for an evaluation ...Read more

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What should I do if I am suffering from Malnutrition?

Eat: Eat a diet with a variety of foods types and groups. Ensure you have enough protein, grains and vegetables of all colors. Try to have as many colors on your plate at every meal ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: malnutrition?

Malnutrition: Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or over utilization of nutrients. ...Read more

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What are health problems associated with chronic malnutrition?

Too many to list: Undernutrition - weakness, anemia, bone loss, infections, skin rashes, diarrhea, bleeding, tooth loss, infertitlity, etc.
Overnutrition: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. ...Read more

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Can you get malnutrition by not eating anything like when fasting?

If you fast a LOT: Fasting for 1 day a week is a common practice and often leads to long life. This custom has avid fans. To actually develop malnutrition from fasting, you would have to fast for long periods of time, and not make up for it when you are not fasting. In other words, it's math. Your body needs a certain amount of nutrients, and if it fails to get them over time, malnutrition will be the result. ...Read more

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How can childhood malnutrition effect body development as an adult?

Mostly short stature: Childhood malnutrition affects a child's growth, thus it affects the adult height. It also affects the brain function, the immune systems, the digestive systems and etc. ...Read more

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Is pellagra a kind of malnutrition?

Pellagra: In a way it is. It is a disease caused by a lack of niacin which is a B-complex vitamin. ...Read more

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Can dysphagia lead to a malnutrition?

Can dysphagia lead to a malnutrition?

Yes: Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing and this difficuly could lead to not wanting to eat in a healthy, sustaining way. Get the problem fixed. ...Read more

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Do famines always cause malnutrition?

Do famines always cause malnutrition?

Famines: Do cause malnutrition because we do not have the food necessary for proper nutrition. Some nutrients are made by the body and others need to be ingested. The body will adapt to the new situation for a while but eventually famine will take over causing health problems. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why could malnutrition cause anovulation?

Stress response: Malnutrition, whether due to famine, intestinal disease, anorexia nervosa, or extreme dieting, is physically stressful to the body, and results in high levels of cortisol. High cortisol levels suppress the pituitary hormones that trigger ovulation. This is beneficial in the long run because it lowers birth rates in times of famine, and reduces the number of deaths from starvation. ...Read more

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Possible for malnutrition cause hypogonadism?

Yes: Your body will postpone reproductive function in both men and women with severe malnutrition. Best example of that is girls with anorexia nervosa. ...Read more

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What effect does prenatal malnutrition on iq?

What effect does prenatal malnutrition on iq?

Important: If a mother is malnourished it can cause potentially have a poor outcome in iq. Iron and iron deficiency is one of the most studied and published topic in this area. May women are on iron supplements during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Please tell me the common malformations caused by malnutrition?

Neural tube: If a mother is pregnant and doesn't have enough folic acid or doesn't metabolize the folic acid- she may have a child with neural tube defects- such as spina bifida. She might even have multiple miscarriages. That is one example. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are undernutrition and overnutrition forms of malnutrition?

Yes: Overnutrition doesn't necessarily guarantee good source of nutrients. You can have overnutrition in the form of fat and sugar without the vitamins and nutrients that would come from eating fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans ...Read more

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How can I prevent malnutrition as a normal person who has little time to cook?

Picky eater?: More common problem is over-nutrition --> obesity, not malnutrition. Unless you have a medical disorder, malnutrition is very hard to accomplish. With modern conveniences such as grocery stores and microwave oven, you should be able to prepare a balanced meal from scratch in 10-15 minutes, about the same amount of time it takes for drive-through fast food. Gourmet meals will of course take longer. ...Read more

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How can each one of us prevent malnutrition? Grow our own vegetables in back yard?

Common sense: Eat enough food to meet your caloric needs (there are web sites that will calculate this for you and even evaluate your diet and list your deficiencies). Eat a well balanced diet according to american heart ass and other orgs. Use suplements such as vitamins and drinks such as ensure as needed. ...Read more

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Can malnutrition be solved with a vitamin?

Can malnutrition be solved with a vitamin?

Absolutely not! Vit.: Are only specific single molecules present in so many foods such that humans have not maintained every gene to make every protein needed to manufacture them out of other molecules; typically lacking just one step of hundreds. Also, vitamins are NOT nutrition. They are only single helper molecules for our cellular protein enzyme systems which facilitate a few specific biochemical reactions. ...Read more

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Can malnutrition be solved with a supplement?

Malnutrition: Determine why there are nutritional deficiencies and try to address that through diet. There are some issues which may require additional supplementation (i.e. vitamin D deficiency). ...Read more

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Does malnutrition cause acid reflux symptoms?

Gerd: Malnutrition in and of itself doesn't cause GERD, but causes include an incompetent gastroesophageal sphincter as well as substances like caffeine, fatty foods, chocolate, abdominal obesity, some medications and spices. ...Read more

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How long until malnutrition and dehydration sets in?

How long until malnutrition and dehydration sets in?

Dehydration/malnutri: It depends a lot on the age of the patient. Infants and children will develop dehydration in 24-48 hrs if they are losing fluid (vomiting, diarrhea, heat) and not taking enough liquid and malnutrition takes several days. Adults takes longer (days for dehydaration) and perhaps few weeks for manutrition ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

Poor nutrition or malnutrition occurs when the body has insufficient intake, too much intake that is not healthy or when the diet is poorly balanced. Malnutrition can be the result of poor ...Read more