Dysphagia is the medical term for all types of swallowing disorders. Though dysphagia affects millions of people, many haven’t heard of it, and aren’t aware of how large an impact swallowing difficulties can have on someone’s life. This hidden burden can turn the pleasure of eating into a fearful and embarrassing chore. When it’s hard to swallow, it’s hard to dine with delight.
There are many reasons why people can’t get the proper nutrition, which puts them at risk of malnutrition. Many people, especially the elderly, suffer from malnutrition and unintentional weight loss because they eat a nutritionally incomplete or insufficient diet. But malnutrition can also be a challenge in cases of injury, disease, medication, or a variety of medical conditions.