Nutrition Area

"Malnutrition can be avoided when diagnosed early. In advanced stages, it is more difficult to reverse."


Patients with acute or chronic diseases, those who are going to undergo major surgery, oncology patients or people with digestive problems, renal insufficiency or multiple pathologies can suffer to a greater or lesser extent a deterioration in their nutritional status, both due to the effects of the treatment and the disease itself.

As a consequence of this malnutrition, these patients have worse clinical results, take longer to recover, have less functional capacity and lower quality of life.

Maintaining a good nutritional status improves tolerance to treatment, decreases mortality and improves quality of life.

The Nutrition Area of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra works closely with all departments, integrating nutritional treatment in the multidisciplinary intervention of our patients.

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Patient care in the Nutrition Area

The care includes a diagnosis of the patient's nutritional situation and a follow-up of the patient's evolution.

Early detection

The most important thing in treating malnutrition is to be aware that it exists.

Nutritional plan

Design a personalized nutritional plan for patients who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition due to their treatment.

Adequate nutrition

Whenever possible, we use the oral route, nutritional supplements and, occasionally, the enteral or parenteral route.

Adapting the diet

Modifications in the texture or enrichment of the diet or other adaptations according to the patient's digestive and/or absorptive capacity.

Food tolerance

Improve tolerance to treatment, and reduce the risk of complications, preventing or minimizing associated side effects.

Quality of life

Malnourished patients face slower recoveries, higher risk of infections due to lower immunity and slower healing.

When to request a consultation?

  • You have lost weight unintentionally in the last 3-6 months.
  • You have a poor appetite.
  • Your intakes have decreased compared to how you were eating previously.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.
  • Has difficulty swallowing food or has frequent choking.
  • You have doubts about what eating plan to follow.