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(Low Protein in the Blood)

Tips To Control Low Blood Protein:

1. Try to eat two ounces of good quality protein at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as one ounce of good quality protein as an evening snack. That's seven ounces total every day.
2. Try to eat some carbohydrate at every meal (grains/starches and fruit). Carbohydrates supply your body with energy. If you take in adequate carbohydrate at each meal, you won't have to use as much protein for your energy needs. Protein can then be used for tissue healing and repair.

3. Take either three scoops of Promod® or one packet of Advanced Health System formula every day. This will give you an additional 15 grams of protein and will help prevent your blood protein from going low.

Protein levels in the blood sometimes go down during the fourth to sixth month after surgery. This is usually a short term problem. Symptoms to look for are muscle weakness, hair loss or ankle swelling. If you are having these symptoms, you will need to see us in clinic and have some blood work drawn when you come in. Remember, if you come in for lab work, you must be fasting (nothing but water after midnight the day of your appointment). if we find that you have low blood protein, we will advise you on how to increase protein from your diet, as well as increase the amount of Promod® or Advanced Health System formula you should take every day.

Note: If your blood protein is really low, we may increase the amount of protein in your diet as well as from your protein supplement.