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Do high protein diets lead to protein buildup in your heart (amyloidosis)?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: Amyloidosis is indeed an abnormal build-up of proteins in the tissues which can contribute to a number of problems including cardiomyopathy. It has a number of different causes, including genetics, chronic inflammation, and neoplastic/cancerous causes. The proteins are being made by the person's own cells, and are not directly coming from the diet.
Answered on Dec 19, 2011

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