Washington, D.C. – According to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, consuming more protein foods could delay people with disabilities.
In order to succeed successfully and independently, older people need to be able to master two different life skills: basic daily care and basic household activities. The daily basic care includes feeding, bathing, dressing and using the toilet alone. You also need to do basic household activities, such as: For example, managing your finances and mobility to shop and participate in social activities.
If someone has difficulty completing these two types of life skills, it can lead to problems that can affect quality of life and independence. People over the age of 85 have a higher risk that they will no longer be able to master these life skills.
It is known that protein slows down the loss of muscle mass. If you have enough muscle, you can have the ability to perform daily activities and prevent disability. Older adults are prone to lower protein intake than younger adults due to poorer health, decreased physical activity, and changes in the mouth and teeth.
The research team used data from the Newcastle Study 85+ conducted in the United Kingdom (UK). Researchers in this study turned to anyone who turned 85 in two cities in the United Kingdom in 2006 to attend. At the beginning of the 2006-2007 study, there were 722 participants, 60 percent of whom were women.
The participants gave the researchers information about what they ate each day, their body weight and height, their overall health assessment (including all disabilities) and their medical records.
The researchers learned that more than a quarter (28 percent) of the very old adults in northeast England had a protein intake below the recommended diet. The researchers found that older adults with more chronic health conditions may also have different protein requirements.
To learn more about the health benefits of adequate protein intake in older adults, the researchers looked at the effects of protein intake on the increase in disability over five years.
The researchers estimated that consuming more protein would result in slower disability development in very old adults, depending on their muscle mass and muscle strength.
The results showed that participants who consumed more protein at the beginning of the study were less likely to be obstructed than those who consumed less protein.
"Our findings support current thinking about increasing the recommended daily intake of protein to maintain active and healthy aging, and older adults should consume about 1.0 to 1.2 grams of protein per 2.2 pounds of body weight, for example, for a person who weighs 160 pounds, that would be about 58 grams of protein per day (a 3.5-ounce serving of chicken contains about 31 grams of protein), "study author Dr. Nuno Mendonca.