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what is a good way to calculate calories with amount of carbohydrate, proteins, etc given?

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Dr. David Leonardi
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Calculating calories: Protein: 4 cal per gram carbs: 4 calories per gram fats: 9 cal per gram.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Prudent diet.: Consider 60% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 10% fat. Make sure carbohydrates are complex and proteins are lean. Depending on your weight and goals (weight loss or maintenance), you'd shoot for 1500-2500 calories daily.

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My urine has been dark and/or cloudy for around 8 weeks. My urine sample showed traces of blood and protein. Should I worry?

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See your doctor!: I wouldn't worry - i would see my doctor! worry is not going to help. Seeing your doctor and having further testing will help show what, if anything, is wrong. And, yes, it could be serious! see your doctor!
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How can I make sure I am getting enough protein in pregnancy?

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60 grams a day: The protein needs in pregnancy increase to meet demands for growth of the fetus, placenta, uterus and increased blood volume. Animal sources of protein, such as meat, milk, eggs, cheese, yogurt, poultry and fish are "complete", as they provide the 9 essential Amino Acids in optimal concentrations. Vegetable sources of complete protein include quinoa, soybeans, buckwheat and hemp.
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I recently heard that eating a lot of protein in your diet can later increase your chances of gettinggout. I was wondering if this is true.

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Protein & gout: Protein in general is not the problem with gout; it's specific proteins (purines) that occur in organ meats (liver, kidney, sweetbreads), brewer's yeast (beer), and legumes (peanuts, peas). However, any high protein diet, without adequate fluid intake, can damage the kidneys. Your fp can test your blood & urine for markers of gout and/or kidney damage.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Am I burning more calories when I am constipated or when I have a bad case of diarrhea?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Neither in most case: Neither constipation not diarrhea affect calorie consumption. In some cases an infectious diarrhea may lead to poor absorption of calories and decreased intake and chronic inflammatory diarrhea may increase metabolic demands in some cases but a significant difference would only be seen in very sick patients.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What does my total protein level tell me about my diet?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Nothing very much: It can be normal and still you can have a bad diet.

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