Friday, August 11, 2017

Protein retains elders’ strength

Consuming protein with all three daily meals helps older people retain muscle strength, report researchers at McGill University in Montreal.

Although physical performance deteriorated in the men and women studied over a three-year period, more evenly distributed protein intake -- independent of the total quantity -- was associated with higher muscle-strength scores in both sexes, the team found.

They gathered data for 827 men and 914 women ages 67 to 84 and found that eating protein at morning, noon and evening meals resulted in higher muscle-strength scores on hand grip, arm and leg measures. 

“The important point is to create three meal occasions with sufficient protein to stimulate muscle building and greater strength, instead of just one," study author Stephanie Chevalier, assistant professor of medicine at McGill, said in a post on the university’s website.

The study results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.