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Health Tip: Effects of Too Much Protein

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(HealthDay News) -- In recent years, high-protein diets have surged in popularity. Though protein is essential for life, too much protein can be a problem, says Harvard Medical School.

Getting too much protein is associated with:

  • High cholesterol.
  • Increased cancer risk.
  • Kidney disease and kidney stones.
  • Weight gain.
  • Constipation or diarrhea.

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