A low protein diet has a negative effect on the liver, but it is recoverable.
A new study by researchers from the school of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey in collaboration with the University of Sao Paulo has discovered that damage to the liver from a low protein diet can be repaired.
The study looked at the effect of a low protein diet on the liver of mice by monitoring one group receiving normal levels of protein and another group receiving low levels of protein for five weeks. What was initially noticed was the significant damaging effect on the liver that a reduced protein diet can cause.
The liver is a vital organ in all mammals and is responsible for a wide range of functions including detoxification, protein synthesis, and the production of biochemicals required for digestion. It also plays a role in metabolism, regulation of glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, and hormone production. Damage to the liver can impair its ability to function properly, which can lead to detrimental effects on both the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system and negatively affect our ability to metabolize medications. Currently, there is no way to compensate for the absence of liver function in the long term, with liver dialysis being a short-term solution.
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