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Can total protein count change based on protein food intake?


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Dr. Divya Banu M

Published At July 17, 2019
Reviewed AtJuly 18, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have a question about total protein count in blood, urine, and saliva. My question is, does someone's total protein count change significantly based on how much protein rich food they eat? Or does someone's total protein count not change unless they have an illness like muscle damage? When I say total protein count I am referring to what is calculated in a biuret test.


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The protein is digested in our human body but is sometimes excreted when not digested properly or in excess quantity. The term which you are referring to, which is total protein count in blood, urine and saliva has totally different meaning in all the three mediums.

Total protein count in blood changes with increased protein ingestion and already present muscle protein or any other protein breakdown inside the body whereas protein in urine or any excretory product is always when the degradation of protein has increased, which can be possible because of higher intake of protein or increased muscle breakdown due to some pathology inside the body.

I hope that I have answered your question. Let me know if you have any other doubts.

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Dr. Parekh Raj Kanubhai

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