Malnutrition occurs when someone does not obtain the appropriate nutrients needed for normal body growth and function due to inability to take in or absorb food. The mismatch of caloric intake to the body’s energy demands leads to weight loss and a weakened immune system.
General risk factors include:
Depending on the type of malnutrition, symptoms will be different. In general, symptoms will include:
To diagnose malnutrition, your physician will get a history of symptoms and detailed information about oral intake. Blood tests can be used to measure total body protein and related levels.
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