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

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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