Protein deficiency symptoms mostly concern you if you are a severe dieter or strict vegan. Most Americans consume adequate amounts of protein in their daily diets without even trying. The average woman should consume about 45 grams or more of protein a day, and the average man should consume 55 grams or more of protein a day.
Protein Deficiency Symptoms
If you have a protein deficiency, you are most likely severely underweight, have very poor muscle tone, and feel weak and fatigued. You may see changes in your hair, such as your hair becoming brittle, breakable and thin. You may notice that wounds and cuts do not heal quickly, and your skin may take on a flakey appearance.
Rare Forms of Protein Deficiency in the Western World
Marasmus is a very rare type of protein deficiency rarely seen in the United States but is very common in developing countries. This type of protein deficiency is characterized by weakness, fatique, the loss of almost all muscle tone and the loss of fat stores all over the body, even on the buttocks.
Kwashiorkor is another rare form of protein deficiency seen in people with diets high in carbohydrates and extremely deficient in protein. People with Kwashiorkor show retention of water accompanied by wasting of all muscle and fat stores and the fattening and swelling of the liver.
Risks of Protein Deficiency
A protein deficiency will make you weak, lower your natural immunity and will make you susceptible to a number of illness and medical conditions. If you are a strict vegan or vegetarian, you will want to make sure you get plenty of plant-based protein in your diet.
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PROTEIN DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS
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