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When the diet of an individual fails to provide them with the calories and protein that is required for the growth and maintenance of the body they are considered to be malnourished. Malnutrition can also occur if the food being consumed cannot be properly processed or digested due to certain reasons such as sickness. In addition to having a loss of fat or adipose tissue individuals with this disorder could have low body temperature, take longer time to recover from diseases and infections and be constantly tired or fatigued.
HOW IS MALNUTRITION DIAGNOSED?
Your general physician will check for your BMI. If the BMI is found to be below 18.5 or if the person has lost more than 5% of his body weight unintentionally in the past six months, doctors may be concerned about malnutrition. Blood tests may help in measuring the protein levels in blood.
HOW IS MALNUTRITION TREATED?
Treatment for Malnutrition includes completely altering the diet or food habits that is accompanied with multi-vitamins and supplements. A balanced meal plan is suggested that should be followed over a period of few weeks or even months.
DID YOU KNOW?
Malnutrition characterized by protein-calorie imbalance in diet leads to cognitive impairment.