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Type: Journal article
Title: Is the optimal level of protein intake for older adults greater than the recommended dietary allowance?
Author: Volpi, E.
Campbell, W.
Dwyer, J.
Johnson, M.
Jensen, G.
Morley, J.
Wolfe, R.
Citation: Journal of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 2013; 68(6):677-681
Publisher: Gerontological Society of America
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1079-5006
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Elena Volpi, Wayne W. Campbell, Johanna T. Dwyer, Mary Ann Johnson, Gordon L. Jensen, John E. Morley, and Robert R. Wolfe
Abstract: Background. Protein is a macronutrient essential for growth, muscle function, immunity and overall tissue homeostasis. Suboptimal protein intake can significantly impact physical function and overall health in older adults. Methods. This article reviews the literature on the recommendations for protein intake in older adults in light of the new evidence linking protein intake with sarcopenia and physical function. Challenges and opportunities for optimal protein nutrition in older persons are discussed. Results. Recent metabolic and epidemiological studies suggest that the current recommendations of protein intake may not be adequate for maintenance of physical function and optimal health in older adults. Methodological limitations and novel concepts in protein nutrition are also discussed. Conclusion. We conclude that new research and novel research methodologies are necessary to establish the protein needs and optimal patterns of protein intake for older persons.
Keywords: Humans
Dietary Proteins
Evidence-Based Medicine
Body Composition
Nutritional Requirements
Nutritional Status
Nutrition Policy
Aged, 80 and over
Guidelines as Topic
Description: First published online: November 26, 2012
Rights: © The Author 2012
DOI: 10.1093/gerona/gls229
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