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9/24/13 5:45 P

It is not really appropriate or safe for this site, our members or our experts to provide recommendations for your medical-nutrition needs. I would suggest you call your doctor and find out what treatment he/she is suggesting. If you are to consume more protein, you need a daily amount. Perhaps the doctor wants you to see a Registered Dietitian for follow up. Print and take your nutrition tracker records---the dietitian will find these very helpful in adjusting your eating plan to meet your needs.

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9/24/13 5:41 P

the main blood tests doctors order are the CBC and Chem7, which give them a good picture of the overall state of the patient.
CBC stands for complete blood count, and it identifies the amounts of different blood cells that can show anemia, infection, or more serious stuff like leukemias, etc.
Chem7 gives you the non-bloodcell composition of blood, which includes stuff like electrolytes, albumin, etc. The test is a quick way to check that the patient's liver, kidneys, etc are working right, and that there isn't a big problem with a particular ion (potassium, calcium, etc) that might point at other conditions.
Its far simpler for a doctor to order these than specific tests before they know what they're looking for, so that's why it was run.
My problem is that Albumin is referred to as protein as far as blood tests are concerned... but it means something totally different if its low.
Also, yes, you can tell that a person isn't eating enough protein by checking the chem7 and cbc... but its not as direct as looking at one value.

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9/24/13 5:30 P

I'm with Love4Kitties and Alorta-- call the doctor's office back and ask what the blood test results mean and what you're supposed to do about it. As far as I know, there's no blood test that shows whether you're eating enough protein. Protein in the blood means something else. You need to know why s/he even ran that particular test. Have you had problems with swelling, or lots of infections? Any reason to suspect kidney problems? Those are the types of things usually affected by blood protein levels.

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9/24/13 5:15 P

You say protein levels were low on a blood test...
Do you mean your albumin was low? Or that your blood test indicated you were not eating enough protein?
Your doctor should have explained it, but low serum (blood) protein might *not* mean you are eating too little protein at all, but that you have one of many conditions that leads to it.
If he told you that you are eating too little protein, that's one thing, but if that's NOT what s/he said, then I would advise you go and ask for clarification instead of jumping to the conclusion that you need more in your diet.

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9/24/13 5:02 P

I also have had to take a look at this issue. While I've tried to back off a LOT on the red meat, turkey also has great protein in it.

I can tell you that Greek yogurt has a GREAT amount of protein in it. I do nonfat Greek yogurt, but then add sliced bananas and/or blueberries, nuts, etc.

I also started included protein with my snacks. Like today, I just had a hard-boiled egg and a banana.

Hope this helps!

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9/24/13 4:46 P

What is an average menu for you? Do you consume meat, eggs, and/or dairy?

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9/24/13 4:19 P

You need to follow up with your doctor on this. There are several causes for hypoproteinemia (low blood protein), but unless you are severely limiting your dietary intake of protein, this is not going to be the cause. You need to find out the underlying cause of your low blood protein and treat that cause.

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9/24/13 4:05 P

I have to add protein powder to my diet

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9/24/13 3:22 P

I don't know if anyone here can help, but my dr. told me my protein levels were low on my blood test. I'm not sure how they can be when I haven't changed the way I eat in a long time. But how can I get extra protein or what kind would I need, so I can lose weight. I see protein bars and shakes, yuck. I would prefer a vitamin of some sort. I noticed when I did eat some protein bars I did have more energy. Makes me wonder if it's been low for a while now and the dr. just didn't say anything. hmmm. Thanks

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