The senior population faces unique health challenges and has specific nutritional needs compared to most adults. One challenge facing the aging population is sarcopenia, or loss of muscle mass, which can affect strength and balance. However, research shows a high-protein diet may not be effective in preventing muscle loss in seniors, as mentioned by Bettina Mittendorfer, professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.
In this SupplySide West edition of the Healthy INSIDER Podcast, Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, and Mittendorfer discuss:
The relevancy of high-protein diets for seniors;
The potential for certain amino acids such as leucine to support muscle mass in seniors; and
The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to muscle growth and strength improvement.
Links and Resources:
- Healthy Aging for Consumers: Trends, Challenges and Innovative Dosage Form Solutions
- Success and Failures in Healthy Aging Product Launches