Sunday, February 12, 2012

Starvation Versus Cachexia: Knowing the Difference

After doing some research on this subject, I decided to prepare a table that highlights the difference between these very different situations.

Starvation Cachexia
Definition The state of being hungry when no food is available. Loss of body mass that cannot be reversed nutritionally.
Feeling "hungry" Yes No
Resting metabolism Decreased Increased
Food intake None Low to normal
Reversable with nutrition Yes No
Presence of pathology No Yes