Malnutrition: A Common COPD Complication
By Deborah Leader, RN — From about.com May 31, 2011 748
Definition: Malnutrition defines a condition that occurs when the body is not getting enough nutrients. Whether resulting from an inadequate or unbalanced diet, digestive or absorption problems or other medical conditions, malnutrition can lead to serious illness and eventually death.
Causes of Malnutrition
•Lack of one or more vitamins in the diet
•Inadequate food intake
•Inability to absorb or digest food
Symptoms of Malnutrition
Symptoms of malnutrition can vary, from mild to very severe. General symptoms include:
•Extreme lack of energy
•Weakened immune system
How Is Malnutrition Related to COPD?