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Malnutrition: Its Definition and Types

Malnutrition is a global problem. Every country with high malnutrition statistics strives to seek solutions to this issue. Why is it a concern to providers of personal care services?

Malnutrition is either the deficiency or excess of body nutrients. As an in-home care provider, we have encountered many patients facing these conditions.

Macronutrient undernutrition or protein-energy undernutrition is a deficiency of macronutrients. A macronutrient is composed of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, the building blocks to produce energy. Micronutrient undernutrition is a deficiency of vitamins and minerals in food. A lack of a variety of these micronutrients could cause severe effects on the body. Although the body needs vitamins and minerals in smaller amounts, it could lead to serious impacts when micronutrient undernutrition is severe.

Macronutrient overnutrition is having excessive macronutrients. Proteins, carbohydrates, and fat calories are stored as fatty cells in the adipose tissue. These cells are then associated with chronic inflammation and metabolic disorders that can lead to non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, and stroke. Micronutrient overnutrition is having too much of certain vitamins and minerals in the body and does not occur from diet alone. Although uncommon, taking megadoses could have a toxic effect, leading to severe and chronic diseases or even death.

Hence, there is a need for live-in care in Florida for seniors having any of these increases. It will continue to be an area of concern when they do not get the right nutrition.

Whar are you waiting for? Avail of our services at ELITE CARE HOME HEALTH AGENCY LLC. We will do our best to provide the best care possible so patients can recover quickly and stay in shape.

For inquiries about home care in Orlando, Florida, call us today!

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