Protein

Protein is in every part of our bodies. It is found in every cell, tissue, and organ. Proteins make up the enzymes that trigger many chemical reactions in your body, and power the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in the blood. Proteins are constantly broken down and replaced. Proteins in the foods we eat are digested into amino acids and are later used to replace those proteins that were broken down in our bodies.

Types of Proteins

Amino acids make up proteins. There are 20 different types of amino acids that join together to make up all types of proteins. Amino acids can be thought of as the building blocks of proteins. There are some types of amino acids that can't be made by your body. These types of amino acids are known as essential amino acids. It's essential that these amino acids be provided in our diets.

In a diet, the protein sources are labeled according the number of essential amino acids that they provide:

  • A complete protein source, also called high quality proteins, is protein sources that provide all the essential amino acids. Animal-based foods, such as eggs, fish, meat, milk, cheese, and poultries, are considered to be complete protein sources.
  • An incomplete protein source is protein sources that are low in one or more essential amino acids. Adequate amounts of all essential amino acids in two or more incomplete protein sources are called Complementary proteins.

Protein in Urine and CAD Risk

What is the relationship between protein in the urine and cardiovascular disease?

We call protein in the urine proteinuria. It may be an indicator of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) risk. A large meta-analysis indicates this. Of course, it could be other medical problems.

Coronary Artery Disease is also called: CAD, Coronary arteriosclerosis, or Coronary atherosclerosis

Reference:

The relationship between proteinuria and cardiovascular risk: A systematic review and meta-analysis. http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv

Testing:

Blood Test SignYou should have a blood test to more accurately diagnose your nutritional needs.

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