We associate protein intake with strength and bodybuilding. However, in old age, protein is important for four major functions: bone health, immunity, brain function and cognition, and heart health.
Weaker bones, lower immunity, forgetfulness and heart issues are considered a part of the ageing process. Yet, many old people don’t seem to face these issues. So is it possible that these problems have other aggravating factors besides ageing?
Many middle-aged people are generally deficient in protein intake, especially in a predominantly vegetarian country such as India. Our food intake falls with reduced appetite in old age. So it might be a good idea to rule out protein deficiency by taking extra protein for a few months, before accepting some health problems as a part of ageing.
Here is my short video on this subject.
For more reading
- News: Protein Day 2021 Special: India’s Right To Protein Needs Immediate Attention
- Article in MedicalNewsToday.com: US adults do not consume enough protein
- Article in Today’s Geriatric Medicine: Ensuring Adequate Protein Intake
- Research Paper: Protein nutrition, exercise and aging (technical)
First published on: 28th November 2021
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