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Protein Deficiency: 7 Serious Signs That You Are Not Eating Enough Proteins

Protein deficiencies bring with them a wide range of health problems and the most prominent one is kwashiorkor. Take note of some other important signs of a protein deficiency.

Protein Deficiency: 7 Serious Signs That You Are Not Eating Enough Proteins

Only a few nutrients are as important as proteins

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Protein deficiencies can affect your bodily functions to quite an extent
  2. The most prominent sign of protein deficiency is kwashiorkor
  3. Protein deficiencies can result in hair loss

Only a few nutrients are as important as proteins. Proteins are the building blocks of life, from your hormones to muscles, every single component in your body needs protein, and you simply cannot afford to be deficient in this macronutrient. Protein deficiencies bring with them a wide range of health problems and the most prominent one is kwashiorkor. Protein deficiencies can affect your bodily functions to quite an extent; this is why the symptoms of this condition are many. Some of the symptoms of this condition start to show even when deficiency is just marginal. If your protein intake is low on an infrequent basis, the symptoms will not be quite relevant. However, if you consistently consume too less proteins, the symptoms will become more prominent.

Also read: How To Improve Protein Absorption In The Body? Health Coach Luke Coutinho Has The Answer

So here's a list of 7 serious signs of a protein deficiency you must be aware of.


1. Edema

Edema is a condition characterized by unexplained swelling of the skin due to water retention. This condition is a classic sign of protein deficiency. Edema is a sign of excessive protein deficiency so if you are noticing this symptom, take it seriously and check your protein levels right away.

Also read: 5 Side Effects Of Protein Powders You Must Know

2. Anemia

Anemia is a condition wherein your body fails to produce adequate levels of red blood cells. Your risk of anemia increases when you are deficient in proteins. A protein deficiency can also place you at risk of vitamin B12 and folate deficiencies. This can lower your blood pressure and make you prone to fatigue.

3. Hair loss

Protein is an essential component of hair; it promotes the growth of longer and stronger hair. So when you go deficient in this essential macronutrient, your hair becomes weak, brittle and starts falling.

Also read: Are You Consuming Too Many Proteins? Watch Out For These Side Effects

4. Slow healing

If you have suffered a cut or an injury and it is not healing easily, then that could be because of a protein deficiency. Due to the deficiency of protein, the muscles do not get the required for muscle repair.

5. Increased appetite

When a person aims at weight loss, he or she sticks to a high-protein diet. Proteins are known to induce a sense of satiety which cuts down on calorie intake. But when a person is deficient in proteins, his or her appetite increases.

6. Greater risk of fractures

Both bones and muscles are affected by protein deficiencies. Proteins are extremely essential for stronger bones. They enhance the absorption of calcium which keeps the bones strong. People who stick to a high-protein diet have a 69% lower risk of fractures.

Also read: 7 Best Protein-Rich Foods For Stronger Bones

7. Increased frequency of cold

Proteins are extremely important for your body especially when it comes to building antibodies and strengthening the immune system. So when a person is deficient in proteins, the immune system becomes weak and the risk of suffering from a cold increases. Besides this, cold starts to reoccur.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information. 

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