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For five years he survived on a low-protein diet but his condition rapidly deteriorated and when he was seven a brain injury saw him diagnosed with cerebral palsy, leaving him wheelchair-bound.
Alyssa has Propionic Acidemia, which means she must live on an extremely low-protein diet because even small amounts of protein could lead to brain damage.
Those who consumed normal- and high- protein diets stored 45% of the excess calories as lean tissue, or muscle mass, while those who on the low-protein diet stored 95% of the excess calories as fat.
In a new study that tracked a large sample of adults for nearly two decades, researchers have found that eating a diet rich in animal proteins during middle age makes you four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet -- a mortality risk factor comparable to smoking.
A low-protein, high-fat diet had the most detrimental effects, while a high-carbohydrate, low-protein diet was best, resulting in longer lifespan and better cardiometabolic health, despite also increasing food intake and body fat.
Overeating produced significantly less weight gain in the low-protein diet group (3.
Preventive steps may include managing high blood pressure and special, physician-monitored, low-protein diets.
In the years ahead, clinical research that looks at factors such as low-protein diets and intensified blood pressure control in individuals with a genetic predisposition will likely yield answers about ways to modify the genetic risk.