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

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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Follow This Diet To Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease

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If you have chronic kidney disease you should be very careful as to what you are eating and drinking. Controlling high blood pressure and diabetes is very necessary to prevent kidney disease from getting worse. You need to change your diet in order to manage chronic kidney disease. One is more likely to develop kidney disease if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or a family history of kidney failure. A kidney-friendly diet limits certain foods to prevent the minerals in those foods from building up in your body.
You can prevent chronic kidney disease by the following measures:
1. Make Healthy Choices: Start eating foods that are healthy for your heart and kidney. Try eating and buying only fresh food. Your diet should include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. Try to cut back on salt and added sugars. Instead you can use other spices and herbs to make your meals tasty.
2. Eat less Salt: You should avoid too many prepared or packaged foods you buy at the supermarket or at restaurants as it contains too much salt. Try to eat home cooked food as much as possible as most fast foods have high amounts of salt. Always look for food labels with words like sodium free or salt free; or low, reduced, or no salt or sodium; or unsalted or lightly salted.
3. Right amount of Protein: When your body uses protein, it produces waste. Your kidneys remove this waste. Eating more protein than you need may make your kidneys work harder. Hence, you should be careful as to what proteins are you taking and in what amounts. It is important to ensure your protein intake comes from high-quality sources such as egg whites, fish, poultry, meat, soya and small of amounts of dairy.
4. Fluids: Water is important to survive, but when you have kidney disease, you may not need in high quantity. This is because damaged kidneys do not get rid of extra fluid as well as they should. Too much fluid in your body can be dangerous. It can cause high blood pressure, swelling and heart failure. Extra fluid can also build up around your lungs and make it hard to breathe.

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Resistance training can motivate you to stick to your exercise regime

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Resistance training can improve exercise motivation and planning among older adults, says a new study.
Lack of motivation is a big factor for many people not following an exercise regime. But a few months of resistance trainingcan change that by instilling an intrinsic interest in pursuing physical activity, suggests new research. Resistance training can maintain and increase muscle strength and functional capacity when ageing and it is recommended for older adults at least twice a week.
It also improves exercise motivation and contributes to making exercise planning among older adults, according to the study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. The study investigated the effects of a nine-month supervised resistance training intervention on exercise motivation, exercise planning and exercise self-efficacy.
In addition, it was examined whether these factors predict the continuation of resistance training for the next year following the intervention. he study involved 104 healthy 65-75-year-olds who did not meet physical activity guidelines for endurance exercise at baseline and did not have previous resistance training experience.
“Nine months of regular resistance training increased the intrinsic motivation for both training and physical activity in general: the subjects started to enjoy exercising,” said one of the researchers Tiia Kekalainen from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.
Additionally, exercise planning increased, indicating that the participants started to think about how to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle, Kekalainen said. After completing the supervised resistance training intervention, nearly half of the participants (46%) continued resistance training independently.
Approximately half of them participated in resistance training on average once-a-week during the following year and the other half twice-a-week. The results suggest that finding intrinsic motivation for exercise and increasing confidence to maintain a physically active lifestyle contribute to continuing resistance training independently.

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High BP may be linked to higher BMI and obesity

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A higher Body Mass Index (BMI) and obesity could be linked to high blood pressure, says a new study.
If you have a higher body mass index(BMI), chances are you may have increased blood pressure(BP) too, a new study has found. The findings, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, showed a strong correlation between the degree of obesity and high blood pressure.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to several cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, stroke and heart failure. For the study, the research team involved 1.7 million Chinese men and women aged between 35 and 80 years and recorded the participants’ blood pressure from September 2014 to June 2017. They observed an increase of 0.8 to 1.7 mm Hg (kg/m2) in blood pressure per additional unit of BMI in individuals who were not taking anti-hypertensive medication.
Overall, the population had a mean BMI of 24.7 and a mean systolic blood pressure of 136.5, which qualifies as stage-I hypertension, according to American Heart Association guidelines. “If trends in overweight and obesity continue in China, the implication of our study is that hypertension, already a major risk factor, is likely to become even more important,” said senior author Harlan Krumholz from Yale University in the US. “This paper is ringing the bell that the time is now to focus on these risk factors,” he added.
The enormous size of the dataset allows us to characterise this relationship between BMI and blood pressure across tens of thousands of subgroups, which simply would not be possible in a smaller study, said author George Linderman from the varsity.

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