Beyond Diet: More Causes Of Nutritional Deficiencies


Nutritional deficiencies are commonly linked to poor diet. It is true that a poor diet may starve your body of some of the nutrients it needs, but this isn't the only cause of malnutrition. There are conditions that may lead to nutritional deficiency even if your meals contain all the nutrients. Here are five examples of such conditions:

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is meant to spur weight loss by restricting the amount of food your stomach can hold. A common form of bariatric surgery is a gastric bypass, which involves dividing the stomach into a smaller upper pouch and larger lower pouch. The arrangement helps because you feel full after eating a small portion of food, which goes to the smaller upper pouch.

Unfortunately, nutritional deficiencies are some of the complications you may experience after bariatric surgery. This is because the surgery manipulates your guts and alters the way it absorbs nutrients.  Thus, some nutrients may not be absorbed even if they are in your diet. Common nutrients your gut may not absorb after bariatric surgery include zinc, iron, and vitamin D, among others.


Different forms of cancers can also lead to nutritional deficiencies. For example, more that 75% of people living with various cancers are also vitamin D deficient. The degree of the deficiency differs by the type of cancer. The more advanced the cancers are the lower the levels of vitamin D.

Gastrointestinal Conditions

There are also gastrointestinal conditions that may prevent your gut from absorbing the nutrients in your meals. Examples of such conditions include,

  • Gut wall abnormalities – For example, a reduction in villous atrophy (the finger-like projections in the small intestine) reduces the total surface area of the gut, which reduces the amount of nutrients it can absorb before the digested food is eliminated.
  • Deficiencies of digestive enzymes – For example, reduced secretion of bile salts.
  • Disturbance of gut flora – A balanced gut flora is necessary for proper absorption of nutrients; anything that creates an imbalance of the flora interferes with the absorption of nutrients.

Home health care can help you manage nutritional deficiencies. For example, a skilled and professional homecare worker can help you with nutritional or intravenous therapy. However, these should only happen following the advice of a medical doctor or professional nutritionist. The doctor can help you get to the route of the problem, and the home healthcare providers will help you meet your nutritional objectives even as you heal.


3 February 2016

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