13 Signs and Symptoms That Can Identify You May Be Having A Protein Deficiency

Protein has a very significant role to play in the building of muscles, hormones, enzymes, and skin and various other body tissues. Protein is essential to the body as all other nutrients are. True protein deficiency is still a rare case in developed countries, but people do fall victim to such a condition. Protein deficiency cause health problems and in time, brings about subtle changes within your body.


Identifying Protein Deficiency

When the body doesn’t receive its daily required intake of protein, it could potentially develop protein deficiency. It is estimated that around one billion people worldwide are suffering from inadequate intake of protein. While some don’t get enough of protein there are those who tend to over-consume it. These people assume that more the protein the better it is for their bodies and sometimes go on to consume more than 50g protein per day.

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Do not consume excess protein

Over-consuming protein is as bad as not getting enough of protein. There is a certain protein intake ceiling for everyone. It may vary according to your weight and height. The estimated required amount almost anyone can absorb is 30-42 per meal. Consuming more than this will only force your body to store it as fat.


Depending on your age, muscle, mass, and lifestyle, you should consume the right amount of protein that can be completely absorbed into your body. To find out the right amount which you should be consuming regularly, consult a sports registered dietician. The average dietary requirement is considered to be 56 grams for a sedentary man and 46 gms per day for a woman. Excessive protein intake is harmful for your kidneys. Protein Deficiency can lead to the following symptoms:

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1Weight Loss

  • Protein deficiency is of two different kinds-
  • Kwashiorkor: when you consume sufficient calories but less protein.
  • Marasmus: when you consume less of protein as well as calories.

When your protein intake is low it means that your calorie consumption is less. This could be because of an unhealthy diet or you could be having digestive imbalances. Following a low-calorie diet will force your body to use the protein you eat for energy and not for repairing and building muscles. In fact, consuming fewer calories may slow down your metabolism resulting in you gaining weight instead.

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2Muscle wasting or muscle weakness

This is common in middle-aged men, as they tend to lose muscle mass from aging and this condition is known as Sarcopenia. If they don’t consume enough protein in their diets, they may experience further muscle degeneration.

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