List of Diseases Related to Proteins

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Protein repairs muscles.
Protein repairs muscles. (Image: Working out with dumbbell image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Muscle builders and athletes realize that proteins fight disease; they're aware of its importance in the building and repair of muscle tissue. For instance, without an adequate protein intake, body builder's tryouts and workouts are counterproductive. She will workout or engage in competition, but her muscles will not repair unless she puts quality proteins back into the body. The human body is composed of and sustained by proteins, which are necessary to fight disease.

Marasmic Kwashiorkor

Marasmic Kwashiorkor is a protein deficiency disease. Some of the symptoms are edema with a build up of stomach fluid, low blood pressure, inability to tolerate cold temperatures and listlessness. Kwashiorkor occurs when the protein intake is severely limited even though the individual, usually a child, receives an adequate intake of calories, most often starches.

Children need protein.
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Protein Energy Malnutrition

Marasmus also termed protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) is a protein deficiency disease found mainly in children who live in extreme poverty causing them to suffer from lack of protein. Marasmus is unique in that there is a deficit in both protein and calories. The doesn't child is not getting either the protein or the calories needed to thrive. A child with Marasmus is half-starved and emaciated, the muscle tissue is wasted, and the skin is extremely dry and thin.

Protein required for energy
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Proteinuria

Proteinuria is an abundance of protein in the urine. That protein is called albumin. When albumin is in the urine, there is likelihood that chronic kidney disease is present. Here is what happens: proteins are too large to pass through the filters of the kidneys, therefore, when an abundance of protein is in the urine, the urine filters are damaged.

Also, when protein accumulates in the urine, as it does with proteinuria, it's not performing its function of transporting foodstuffs throughout the body via the blood. Instead, fluids accumulate in an area of the body causing edema. Evidence of edema is swelling in the area affected, for instance, the feet, stomach or legs become distended. A test is needed to determine the presence of proteinuria.

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