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Malabsorption / Maldigestion

Malabsorption describes an inability to absorb nutrients from food through the gut. ('Mal-' means 'bad'.) Intractable means 'not easily cured or relieved'. If you have a malabsorption problem, it means that you are not able to absorb one or more nutrients from food. This can lead to deficiencies, for example of certain vitamins or minerals or of protein. The complications that can develop depend upon which nutrients are affected. For example, a calcium deficit can lead to conditions associated with loss of bone strength (for example osteoporosis). Vitamin K deficiency is associated with bleeding problems and iron deficiency is linked with anaemia. Insufficient vitamin A can affect your eyesight and skin health. Problems absorbing protein, fats and carbohydrates can culminate in weight loss and malnutrition.

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