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Protein (Definition)

Proteins are large molecules made up of a smaller class of molecules called amino acids. Proteins play an enormous role in the function of our bodies including enzymes, messengers, replicating dna, ...Read more


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What can cause weight loss, appetite loss, swollen feet/ankles, and low protein in blood?

What can cause weight loss, appetite loss, swollen feet/ankles, and low protein in blood?

Bloodwork: It would be good to get a complete bloodwork and a workup by your physician. There are many reasons for your symptoms, it's too complicated for a brief paragraph. Get it checked out ...Read more

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I have been told my blood is too thick, that I have low blood protein and a high white cell count. What could this be, I am really worried

I have been told my blood is too thick, that I have low blood protein and a high white cell count.  What could this be, I am really worried

Requires Follow-up: You should follow-up with your md who gave you this information. You will require further testing. What you discribe is too general to pinpoint the etiology. What you do need to know is that whatever you have is treatable. Do all the testing your md requests and ask the md to please explain to you what your tests are for and what possible diagnosis the md has inmind. Your md is there to help you. ...Read more

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Follow up on my blood work came out good, protein, bun, apo b, hscrp, LP (a), sdldl & ldlp r high- hdl2, large HDL -p & HDL size are low.?

Follow up on my blood work came out good, protein, bun, apo b, hscrp, LP (a), sdldl & ldlp r high- hdl2, large HDL -p & HDL size are low.?

Gets complicated: Bottom line is sub-fractions of HDL cholesterol and measurement so of HDL size or particle number is still not considered routine. Risk sees to be best predicted by HDL particle number but we do not have any evidence that using medications to target HDL p or HDL size helps. Recently the national lipid association released a report suggesting not to use HDL sizing for risk evaluation. www.lipid.org. ...Read more

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Dr.said my blood work was fine but globulin was high at4.4(norm 2.0-4.0)A/G ratio was low at .9(norm 1.0-2.4)Total protein and albumin normal.This ok?

Dr.said my blood work was fine but globulin was high at4.4(norm 2.0-4.0)A/G ratio was low at .9(norm 1.0-2.4)Total protein and albumin normal.This ok?

Repeat the test.: Your albumin/globulin ratio will be low with a normal albumin and high globulin, since it is simple a ratio of tests. Higher globulin may mean a chronic inflammatory or infectious disease or condition, leukemia or other bone marrow disease, an autoimmune disease such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, liver or kidney disease. In your case, the globulin may be elevated due to a past cold or virus. ...Read more

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Constant low blood protein levels (5.8). I am an active 57 yr male with high protein diet- donates plasma twice a week. Now levels too low to donate ?

Constant low blood protein levels (5.8). I am an active 57 yr male with high protein diet- donates plasma twice a week.  Now levels too low to donate ?

Albumen dominant &: typically the reason the total protein is low. Healthy albumen concentrations 4.0 & up. If low, this reflects liver problems, e.g. steatosis from too many carbs (converted to fat in liver) or any of a variety of other possibilities. Focus on the albumen, study, e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albumin & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver for starters & seek help worthy of your trust. ...Read more

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Blood work shows gam globulin low at 0.7 and M-spike,SPE, g/fl abnormal at 0.3. Two para protein bands in gam. Region. How serious is this?

Blood work shows gam globulin low at 0.7 and M-spike,SPE, g/fl abnormal at 0.3.  Two para protein bands in gam. Region. How serious is this?

Need more info: I am assuming that you had a serum electrophoresis performed for one reason or another. The "normal" and "abnormal" in this case can only be judged in context rather than in absolutes, so more information is necessary. Did you have a urine electrophoresis? Any other results? Free light chains? Did your doctor state that you have protein in the urine? ...Read more

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What could low red blood cell distribution indicate. Also have high total protein. Dr. Looking for autoimmune conditions.

What could low red blood cell distribution indicate. Also have high total protein. Dr. Looking for autoimmune conditions.

Unrelated: There are no diseases associated with a low red cell distribution width (RDW). A high total protein does not in and of itself suggest the presence of autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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On 20mg methotrexate/day for RA symptoms. Have 65 mg of urine in protein/day. I have to take another blood/urine test. What is the dr. Looking for?

Proteinuria: Dr is monitoring your kidney function since you are on methotrexate. Increasing amounts of protein in the urine would suggest decreasing kidney function; if that occurs, the dose of mtx would probably be decreased, or another agent for your RA might be considered. ...Read more

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