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The Facts About Seniors and Malnutrition

Did you know that one-third of hospital patients are malnourished? That's a staggering number, and you might even think it's an exaggeration. However, just because someone doesn't look emaciated or starving, doesn't mean they aren't malnourished. NCOA.org gives us the facts about this dangerous health condition.

Malnutrition is a broad term, which indicates someone isn't receiving the proper nutrition for a healthy life. Many Americans suffer from this condition without even realizing it. Malnutrition can be a consequence of other health risks such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. As you can see, weight is only one of many indications.

Treatments range from regulated oral nutrition supplements to specialized diets that supply the proper vitamins and minerals needed. A person who has a healthy intake can benefit from decreased mortality, complications, and increased strength and energy. While malnutrition is a deadly condition, it's fixable. If you or a loved one is suffering, contact a physician quickly.

Check out more facts, courtesy of NCOA.org

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