Malnutrition Disorders


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Inadequate diet leads to various malnutrition disorders such as vitamin deficiencies or mineral deficiencies. General malnutrition is common in developing countries in areas of famine and starvation. In the modern world, general malnutrition and also particular conditions can occur in transient populations such as the homeless. For example, a small number of cases of scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) occur each year in the homeless, in those who have not eaten any fruit at all for several months.

General malnutrition disorders: There are various medical conditions caused by the general lack of food.

Vitamin deficiencies: The lack of certain vitamins can cause various medical conditions, even if other aspects of the diet are adequate.

Mineral deficiencies: Certain minerals are also required in the diet for full health. Lack of minerals can lead to diseases.


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