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New Geriatrics and Gerontology Findings from University of Texas Medical Branch Described (Is the optimal level of protein intake for older adults...

Health & Medicine Week

07-11-14

New Geriatrics and Gerontology Findings from University of Texas Medical Branch Described (Is the optimal level of protein intake for older adults greater than the recommended dietary allowance?)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Fresh data on Aging Research are presented in a new report. According to news reporting from Galveston, Texas, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "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."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Texas Medical Branch, "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. 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."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "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."

For more information on this research see: Is the optimal level of protein intake for older adults greater than the recommended dietary allowance? The Journals of Gerontology Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 2013;68(6):677-81 (see also Aging Research).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting E. Volpi, Departments of Internal Medicine and Nutrition and Metabolism and Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555, United States. Additional authors for this research include W.W. Campbell, J.T. Dwyer, M.A. Johnson, G.L. Jensen, J.E. Morley and R.R Wolfe.

Keywords for this news article include: Texas, Galveston, United States, Aging Research, North and Central America.

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