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Disease-Related Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a serious concern commonly associated with diseases and is therefore often referred to as ‘disease-related malnutrition' (DRM). Malnutrition occurs due to the lack of intake or uptake of essential nutrition, which leads to altered body composition and body cell mass, resulting in reduced physical and mental function and impaired clinical outcome.


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Examples of common problems that lead to poor nutritional intake are poor appetite, swallowing problems and side effects of drugs. On the other hand, patients often have increased nutritional needs due to the underlying disease, such as cancer, gastrointestinal disorders or COPD. Proper nutrition assessment and intervention are crucial for preventing and managing adult malnutrition.



In this section, you will find insights on disease-related malnutrition burden, nutritional management strategies, guidelines and best practices.

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