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Older Americans Need Protein to Keep Muscles Strong, Study Says

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 – Older adults need a protein-rich diet to maintain muscle mass and strength, a new study suggests. Protein should come from animal and plant sources, since each type of protein appears to play different roles in maintaining lean muscle mass and leg strength. Plant protein helps preserve muscle strength, while animal protein is linked to muscle mass, the researchers said. "With aging, there is loss of muscle mass and strength," said lead researcher Shivani Sahni, director of the nutrition program at the Hebrew Senior Life Institute for Aging Research in Boston. She said that protein is the body's building block that produces muscle. "After 50, people start to lose muscle mass. Between 50 and 60, muscle strength declines by about 1.5 percent a year. After 60, the loss can be 3 percent a year." Losing muscle mass and strength affects the ability to move and do ... Read more

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