Signs of malnutrition

Signs of malnutrition

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The signs that a person may be malnourished range from the totally obvious to the very vague. It is increasingly called the silent epidemic because it can go unnoticed and undiagnosed, especially outside of an environment where healthcare professionals are regularly monitoring someone’s health and what they’re consuming.

Surprisingly, malnutrition is not just related to the numbers on the scales; people with malnutrition can be both underweight or overweight. That’s because the food you eat and drink can give you energy, but you can still be lacking in the essential nutrients your body needs to recover well and stay that way.

Common signs of malnutrition weight loss, loss of appetite, inability to focus, feeling weaker than usual

If you think that you or someone you know could be malnourished, speak to your healthcare professional who is best placed to assess you, provide an official diagnosis and advise on the best treatment.

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