Protein S deficiency testing can be life saving. It is a common disease in children, more so among the aboriginal people of New Zealand. If a child does not have enough protein in his/her body, his/her growth and development will be stunted. This is even worse when a child or an adult is not eating enough protein because of a malfunctioning digestive system or absorption problem. When protein levels are low in the body, the result is often death.
Anemia or lack of protein in the body can be diagnosed by a blood test called serum calcium. This test will tell if a person has a deficiency of calcium in his blood. Calcium is needed for strong bones. If a person has too little calcium in his body, his bones will be weak and he may develop bone cancer.
A complete blood count can tell if a person has too much protein in his blood. The test will measure the platelets, red blood cells and white blood cells. When there is a deficiency of protein, the white blood cells will fall to the lowest count in the body and the platelets will increase to an unhealthy level. When this happens, it will take more than normal proteins to make up for the loss. Protein S deficiency testing will then be necessary to determine how much protein the body needs. This test is usually done for those between the ages of one and seventy.
Methods To Determine Protein Deficiencies
There are two main methods used to determine protein deficiencies. One is using animal biopsies and the other is through protein deficiency testing kits. In the case of animal biopsies, cells from the tissues of the animals are harvested and tested for protein content. You may have to wait for several weeks before you get results. In the case of protein deficiency testing kits, a small amount of the desired protein concentrate is mixed with a small amount of water and then the test is run.
It is important to keep your protein intake in your daily diet as normal. As you age, the body produces less protein. You can prevent this from happening by eating plenty of protein rich foods such as meat, eggs, fish, nuts, soy and beans. If you are having difficulty getting enough protein, consider a protein supplement.
It is important to note that protein deficiency testing only helps you identify possible deficiency problems. Proper diagnosis is still needed to make sure that the levels of essential proteins are where they need to be. Once proper treatment is done, you can be sure that you will have many healthy years ahead. Keep track of your protein levels and any changes in your health to help you recognize a protein deficiency problem as early as possible.