Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. If you do not get enough nutrients -- including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals --you may suffer from malnutrition.Causes of malnutrition include:
- Lack of specific nutrients in your diet. Even the lack of one vitamin can lead to malnutrition.
- An unbalanced diet
- Certain medical problems, such as mal absorption syndromes and cancers
Symptoms may include:
- Weight loss
- To diagnose the cause of the problem, your doctor may do blood tests and a nutritional assessment.
- Treatment may include replacing the missing nutrients and treating the underlying cause.