Protein quantity and bone health in older adults

A new research article has been published which investigates the relationship between dietary protein levels and its effect on bone mineral density (BMD) and fracture risk in those aged 50 years or above.

The main conclusions drawn from the study include:

  • Increased consumption of protein was associated with better bone health, i.e. a higher BMD, among older adults.
  • Higher protein intake was associated with a protective effect against hip fracture in those aged 50 to 69 years. However, did not display any protective effect for those aged 70 to 89 years.

There are a number of easy ways in which older adults can increase their protein intake:

  • Add milk to breakfast cereal
  • Have meat, fish, eggs beans or pulses with lunch and dinner
  • Enjoy snacks such as cheese, yoghurt, nuts, seeds

For more information on maintaining a healthy diet in later life take a look at these meal plans for both males and females.

Posted: 13/07/2017 15:33:30 by Sarah Cassidy
Filed under: Bone Health, Older Adults, Protein


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