Negative Nitrogen Balance

by Cathy Parkes September 10, 2021 Updated: February 16, 2024

Negative Nitrogen Balance indicates insufficient protein intake (due to illness, malnutrition, or aging).

A negative nitrogen balance indicates insufficient PROTEIN intake (due to illness, malnutrition, or aging).

It means the patient is using protein faster than it is being synthesized.

Check out our deep dive into nitrogen balance as part of our Nutrition series.


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