What are your views on the Pathophysiology phases and what are some causes and symptoms of Malabsorption?

Let me begin by discussing malabsorption and it’s impact on nutrition. Malabsorption is the inability of the digestive system to absorb nutrients from the foods that we eat. This can be caused from damage to the mucosal lining of the small intestine (where most of our digestion takes place). Some common signs and symptoms of malabsorption include: bloating, diarrhea, cramping, flatulence and weight loss. Long-term malabsorption can lead to anemia and malnutrition.

There are several reasons why people struggle with malabsorption. Lactose intolerance, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, and pernicious anemia are some of the common causes. Your doctor can run a series of tests to diagnose the underlying cause for the malabsorption. One may need to modify diet in order to relieve malabsorptive symptoms. For example, if you are diagnosed with celiac disease, you will need to follow a gluten free diet (removing oat, wheat, barley, and rye). If you are lactose intolerant, you will need to restrict milk and dairy products. A registered dietitian can provide you with diet education and help you to manage your diet to ease any malabsorptive symptoms.

Finally, you asked about pathophysiology phases. The technical definition of “pathophysiology” is: the physiology of abnormal or diseased organisms or their parts; the functional changes associated with a disease or syndrome. I am uncertain if you are asking about the nutritional components of a specific disease process or if you are simply looking to obtain information on a certain disease. You can always write another specific question on this website or you could talk to your doctor about the disease you have in mind.

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