Food providesthe energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. If you do not get enoughnutrients -- including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals --you may suffer from malnutrition.
Causes ofmalnutrition include:
1. Lack of specific nutrients in your diet. Even thelack of one vitamin can lead to malnutrition.
2. An unbalanced diet
3. Certain medical problems, such as malabsorptionsyndromes and cancers
3. Weight loss
To diagnosethe cause of the problem, your doctor may do blood tests and a nutritionalassessment.
Treatment mayinclude replacing the missing nutrients and treating the underlying cause.