The Nutritional System and Acid—Base Balance
The commonest disorder of nutrition in the developed world is obesity due to excessive food intake, and it is now held to affect one in five of the population. In the rest of the world it is malnutrition due to an insufficient supply of food. Vitamin deficiency is, however, seen in all localities due to poverty and is, in some areas, becoming particularly more common in the elderly. In hospital, deficiencies and disorders due to problems with body water, electrolyte and acid—base balance in those patients on treatment, is of increasing importance.
KeywordsFatigue Sodium Chloride Dementia Respiration Dehydration
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