Lots of different factors can contribute to malnutrition. Some conditions (such as COPD and dysphagia) can make it difficult to eat and get enough nutrients. This can lead to disease related malnutrition, a condition that develops when a person’s diet doesn’t give them the right amount of energy (calories), protein and other nutrients. Poor appetite, taking lots of medications, and motor dysfunction are just a few contributing factors to malnutrition, which can affect people of all ages. If someone is malnourished, they’re likely to be less active, to use more medication, have more falls, to need more care and to be at greater risk of pressure ulcers if spending long periods in bed. It’s much harder for a malnourished person to fight off infections or minor illnesses than it is for a well nourished person. Good nutrition can help prevent complications arising from seemingly small health problems, and helps people stay strong and healthy. Learn more about how to recognise and support patients with disease related malnutrition or frailty below.