Malnutrition can arise due to increased energy or protein requirements such as after surgery, or decreased food intake due to poor appetite or nausea. The risk of malnutrition increases if you are underweight or if you lose weight unintentionally.
Nutrient deficiencies that can originate include iron, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin D and calcium. Although dietary assessment is important, the cause of the deficiency must first be explored by your medical team.
Eating nourishing food will improve your appetite and reduce the risk of falls. It also benefits your immunity, ensures your wounds heal quickly and improves your quality of life due to increased energy levels.