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Metabolic Consequences of Refeeding

Overfeeding carbohydrate can result in high blood sugars and dehydration

Expansion of the extracellular fluid may lead to edema (swelling)

Phosphorous

Blood levels may decrease in the first few days

Moves into cells from blood because of need in making phosphorylated compounds in the cell

Insulin promotes uptake in liver and muscles

Very low levels can lead to respiratory, cardiac, nervous system, and red and white blood cell dysfunction

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