Catabolic wasting or cachexia is a clinical wasting syndrome that is
characterized by unintended and progressive weight loss, weakness, and low
body fat and muscle. At least 5% of body weight is lost. Cachexia is not
caused by poor appetite and nutritional intake but rather by a metabolic
state in which a "breaking down" rather than a "building up" occurs in
bodily tissues no matter how much nutritional intake occurs. Additionally,
whether a patient receives nutrition orally or intravenously makes no
difference. The patient simply cannot gain weight, so eating more is not
It is estimated that one half of all cancer patients experience catabolic
wasting, with a higher occurrence seen in cases of malignancies of the
lung, pancreas, and gastrointestinal tract. The syndrome is equally common
in AIDS patients and can also be present in bacterial and parasitic
diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic diseases of the bowel, liver,
lungs, and heart. It is usually associated with anorexia and can manifest
as a condition in aging or as a result of physical trauma. Catabolic
wasting is a symptom that diminishes the quality of life, worsens the
underlying condition, and is a major cause of death.
Scientists have examined the impact of whey protein concentrate on
preventing or treating catabolic wasting, immune dysfunction, and cancer.
A study involving HIV-positive men fed whey protein concentrate found
dramatic increases in glutathione levels, with most men reaching their
ideal body weight. In another study, when different groups of rats were
given a powerful carcinogen, those fed whey protein concentrate showed
fewer tumors and reduced tumor masses.
This one is Immunocal, for
which I have seen studies.
-there are others
Cancer Research, 1998
LINK to PubMed
J Nutr, 11/02
Ohio State Univ, 2/03 Press Release
Toxicology in Vitro
LINK to source for
Whey, studies, etc.
J Nutr, 5/06
J Nutrition, Vol 140, No. 4 April 2010
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