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Can increasing the daily intake of protein help overcome muscle weakness?

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Answered by

Dr. Manav Gupta

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Published At August 11, 2022
Reviewed AtAugust 30, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have had muscular weakness for the last two to three years. Six months ago, I came to know that the protein intake has to be 1 to 1.2 grams per kg body weight. Therefore, I added 25 gm protein to my daily intake of 40 gm. However, there has been no improvement in my symptoms. Also, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis seven years ago and osteoarthritis a few years ago. I have been taking allopathic and ayurvedic treatments for both conditions. Can you kindly suggest ways to improve my muscle weakness?

Answered by Dr. Manav Gupta

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

Muscle weakness is common in osteopenia. As BMD (bone mineral density) improves, there will be an improvement in your strength as well. Your protein intake is fine. Do you have a history of hypertension, diabetes, or thyroid disease? I suggest you start the below physical exercises:

  1. Calf strengthening exercises.
  2. ITB (iliotibial band) stretches.
  3. Ankle strengthening exercises.
  4. Also, I suggest you get your vitamin D3 levels checked.

I hope this helps. Kindly revert in case of further questions.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for the response. My blood pressure is under control. Also, I do not have diabetes or thyroid disease. However, my vitamin D3 levels are low. Can you kindly suggest a medication to improve my muscle quality?

Answered by Dr. Manav Gupta

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I suggest you take vitamin D3 supplements and a high protein diet. Also, continue the treatment for osteoporosis. Exercises will improve the muscle mass slowly, and you will see an improvement in three to four weeks.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Manav Gupta
Dr. Manav Gupta

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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