Signs Of Low Ferritin And Symptoms Of Low Protein Diet

By | December 15, 2008

Treating Anemia And Causes Of Low Protein

What are some signs of low protein?

Since your query is very vague it may not be possible for me to provide you with the precise information that you’re looking for.  I shall assume that you need details regarding the consequences of low serum protein. Proteins comprise a large part of the serum. It balances the osmotic pressure and helps in the regulation of acid alkaline balance of the blood. It aids as an energy reserve and helps if there is an inadequate dietary intake. Serum proteins are classified as serum albumin and serum globulin. Total protein levels are in the range of 6.4 to 8.3 g/dL. Low levels of serum protein are seen in individuals suffering from malnutrition, liver disease, severe burns, genetic immune disorders, alcoholism, diarrhoea, heart failure and immobilization. The normal globulin and albumin levels are 2.3 to 3.4 g/dL and 3.5 to 5.0g/dL respectively.

Symptoms And Signs Of Low Blood Protein

Albumin is an important type of protein, present in the blood. It is a combination of lipid and protein. Poor levels of albumin indicate improper immune function, renal problems and poor functioning of the liver. Albumin plays a major role in the system and is involved in as many as sixty five important functions. It acts as a carrier for a number of hormones, such as thyroid and sex hormones, in addition to minerals, vitamins and fatty acids. It also functions as an antioxidant. It has the ability to ward off residues of heavy metals and chemical toxins. They are eliminated through the kidney. Low levels of albumin also results in oedema. Oedema is a water retention problem or water pooling in the system. This is because albumin is necessary for the maintenance of electrolytes and fluids in the system.
Low serum albumin levels are enhanced by better hygiene and proper nutrition.

Better hygiene indicates cleanliness and sanitation. Immunoglobulins are proteins in the blood, which have an inverse relationship with albumin levels. Poor hygiene results in an increase in immunoglobulin levels. This in turn decreases the serum albumin levels. Improve the protein in the diet to enhance the serum protein levels. Albumin level reduction is seen in malnutrition, dysproteinemia, inflammatory and liver disease. Globulins are proteins that comprise of carrier proteins, enzymes and antibodies. Globulins comprise of beta globulins, gamma globulins, alpha-1 globulins and alpha-2 globulins. Ulcerative colitis, nephrosis, carcinoid syndrome, infection, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmunity complications, such as collagen disease and systemic lupus and multiple myeloma result in an increase in globulin.
Decrease in globulin levels are seen in individuals suffering from nephrosis, liver dysfunction, emphysema, secondary immune deficiency, hemolytic anemia, hypogammaglobulinemia and genetic immune disorders.