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Q: Best protein regmien to recover from muscle wasting

My brother has lung cancer in remission. Since his last bout of chemotherapy, about 6 months ago, he has felt weak and lethargic.  He has spent most of that time either sitting in a chair or lying in bed.  As a result, he has suffered severe muscle wasting, and now finds almost any movement produces joint pain.  He finally saw an orthopedist who put him on an exercise program (which he is resistant to following).  Since one needs sufficient protein in the diet to build muslce, what are the best foods and supplements to help in rebuilding the wasted muscle tissue?  Because chemotherapy has ruined his sense of taste he fhinds most foods unpalatable.  Are there protein supplements that can be added to food, without adding any dectecable taste?

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5/20/09 5:52pm

Hi Diogenes1124,


First, I encourage you to visit the lung cancer site here at health central - - and see if there's a place you can ask your question there. 


Second, the therapy involved with cancer treatment can cause signficant nutrient deficiencies, which may also be contributing to your brother weakness and lethargy.  I encourage you to dicuss micronutrient labwork with your physician.  If you know where he's deficient, you'll know the steps to take to correct the issue.


Third, boosting protein intake doesn't have to be through protein powders.  You can simply add dry powdered milk to foods to boost calories and protein.  Also, including high protein foods with meals/snacks, such as eggs, peanut butter, beans/legumes, nuts/seeds, and meats are all great ways to increase protein intake.


Sounds like your brother is lucky to have you to help him.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

Be Heart Healthy and Lose Weight

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By Diogenes1124, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/17/10, First Published: 05/20/09