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Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

Protein Supplements for the Elderly

Physical performance deteriorates as people age, but protein supplements may combat such decline, a study found. Researchers enlisted 65 frail older people to consume either a beverage containing 15 grams of protein twice daily or a placebo drink without protein. By the end of the study, protein-packed participants had faster walking speeds, better balance, and a greater capacity to rise from a chair unassisted than those who’d consumed the zero-protein beverages. The scientists observed that muscle mass didn’t increase with the extra protein; they suspect that the protein supplements may improve muscle quality, not size.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, October 2012

 
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