Illness-Related Malnutrition

During illness, the body is metabolically challenged with increased requirements for energy, protein and micronutrients.

The increased demands are required to help the body stop disease processes, fight infections, curtail offending agents, remove damaged cells and restore tissues to pre-illness state.

If adequate nutrition is not provided during illness, the body begins to consume its protein and energy stores in order to perform these functions.

If this process continues unchecked, the body’s nutrient store is depleted and ultimately, a state of under-nutrition or frank malnutrition develops.