Malnutrition and Deficiency disorders Treatment
Malnutrition is inadequate nutrition. It is a condition in which the body doesn’t get enough nutrients. It is caused by poor diet, malabsorption and metabolic disorders. It increases the risk of infection and weakens immunity. Children are more at risk of developing complications than adults.
- Pallor (pale skin)
- Trouble breathing
- Unusual food cravings
- Hair loss
- Periods of lightheadedness
- Heart palpitations
- Feeling faint or fainting
- Tingling and numbness of the joints
- Menstrual issues (such as missed periods or very heavy cycles)
- Poor concentration
Deficiency of micro nutrients such as minerals and vitamins (avitaminosis) can lead to deficiency disorders.
Some of the common nutrient deficiencies and the disorders they lead to are:
- Iron deficiency leading to iron deficiency anemia.
- Vitamin A (VAD) also called hypovitaminosis, deficiency leading to night blindness.
- Vitamin B-1 or Thiamine deficiency can lead to nerve and muscle damage and in extreme cases can lead to heart failure.
- Vitamin B-3 or Niacin deficiency leads to pellagra.
- Vitamin B-9 or Folate deficiency can lead to vitamin deficiency anemia.
- Vitamin D deficiency can lead to stunted bones and to osteoporosis.
- Calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, convulsions and abnormal heart rhythms.
Untreated malnutrition leads to physical and mental disability. Treatment includes addressing the underlying causes and replacing the missing nutrients. Homeopathy goes to the root of the underlying cause thus curing the disease and removing the symptoms. Cal Phos is useful remedy in homeopathy when the issue is of growth or nutrition. As with any homeopathic remedy, it needs to be taken under the supervision of a certified practitioner.
Malabsorption of nutrients resulting from celiac disease can cause weight loss, diarrhea, weakness and fatigue, grayish stools with a foul odor, stunted growth in children and osteoporosis in the elderly Malnutrition, if left untreated, can lead to physical or mental disability, or even lead to death.
Frequently Asked Qustions
What are the diseases related to malnutrition?
Diseases frequently implicated in disease-related malnutrition include cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney failure, chronic heart failure, cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. Certain treatments can also have a negative effect on nutrition.
What is the main cause of malnutrition?
Causes of malnutrition. Malnutrition occurs when a person does not receive adequate nutrients from diet. This causes damage to the vital organs and functions of the body. Lack of food is the most cause of malnutrition in the poorer and developing countries.