Malnutrition occurs when you do not get enough of 1 or more nutrients that your body needs to thrive. There are many reasons why people with inflammatory bowel disease are at risk of malnutrition: 1,2
You can be malnourished if you do not get enough calories (energy) every day. You can also be malnourished if the foods you eat do not provide enough vitamins or minerals.
There are some people who get enough calories, but not enough of certain vitamins or minerals.
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is common in people with Crohn’s disease. 1 Other nutrients that tend to be low in the typical diet are starches and sugars (carbohydrates), healthy (monounsaturated) fats, fiber, calcium, and vitamins C, D, E, and K. 2
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is a sign of malnutrition caused by not getting enough calories. Up to 80% of people in the hospital for Crohn’s disease lose weight. About 20% to 40% of outpatients with Crohn’s disease also have weight loss. 2
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lose weight. 2 They may grow more slowly than expected. Slow growth may start years before being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. 2
Body mass index (BMI) is not always a good way to measure malnutrition. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on your weight and height. (In children, BMI-for-age is used to estimate body fat.) Recent research shows that about one-third of people with inflammatory bowel disease are overweight or obese.
However, many of these people have low muscle mass and handgrip strength, which are signs of malnutrition.
People with inflammatory bowel disease often
that make their symptoms worse or increase their risk of a
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. As a result, may not be able to get all the vitamins and minerals they need through their diet. 5
Symptoms of malnutrition are not very specific. You might feel tired or depressed. You may notice that wounds heal slowly. 3 However, most vitamin and mineral deficiencies do not cause symptoms. 6
Your health care provider or dietitian will weigh and measure you regularly. One way to check for malnutrition is to keep track of how much and how quickly you lose weight. Height is an important sign of how well children are growing. Blood tests can check for anemia, as well as low levels of certain vitamins and minerals.
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