A symptom of severe protein deficiency is swollen or swollen skin.
Scientists believe that when your protein intake is insufficient, your blood begins to run out of proteins called human serum albumin. Albumin helps maintain oncotic pressure, a mechanism that draws fluid from the body's tissues into the bloodstream. When you do not have enough albumin, liquids may start to accumulate in your tissues. This causes edema or swelling.
In severe cases, a protein deficiency can lead to a disorder called kwashiorkor in which a large amount of fluid accumulates in the abdominal cavity, causing a distended belly.
Although swelling and puffiness are usually only present in cases of severe protein deficiency, it is helpful to consult a doctor if you think you have difficulty absorbing enough protein.
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