Compromised Gut Function
Compromised Gut Function can occur for many reasons, malabsorption being a significant cause. Malabsorption is a clinical term that refers to the abnormal absorption of nutrients across the intestinal wall. Maldigestion, the inadequate breakdown of nutrients, may occur upstream of malabsorption. Malabsorption may also occur due to intestinal dysfunction related to several intestinal conditions including celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and short bowel syndrome. Malabsorption may also be associated with gut dysbiosis, including bacterial overgrowth.
For patients with compromised gut function working with your doctor is the first step. Diet changes are usually required and in partnership with your doctor you may need nutrient supplementation with medical foods.