Thursday, February 08, 2018

Disorders of nutrition

Disorders of nutrition can arise from a deficiency of nutrients and may affect growth or cause specific diseases and even death.

Disorders of nutrition may result from:
*Unbalanced or insufficient diet
*Defective or inefficient absorption
*Impaired digestion, assimilation or utilization of foods

Despite seemingly adequate intake, psychomotor effects on motility of the gastrointestinal tract may so rush the passage of foods that breakdown and absorption cannot take place; genetic error may interfere with synthesis of enzymes or accessory factors essential to the digestive process; parasitic infestation, a fortuitous nutritional arrangement for the parasite, may prove rather less fortunate for the deprive host.

An inborn error of metabolism is an inherited trait, cause by a genetic mutation, that results in the absence, deficiency or dysfunction of a protein that has a critical metabolic role.
Disorders of nutrition
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