Protein may reduce loss of muscle mass in seniors

January 16, 2008 2:36:20 PM PST
Older Americans who get a diet packed with protein may be helping their body lessen a side effect of aging.

A new study shows that protein my protect muscle mass in seniors. As we age the body begins to lose skeletal muscle. But study participants who consumed the most protein lost 40 percent less lean body mass.

Protein intake can be a problem for the elderly who may cut down on the consumption of meat due to cost, difficulty chewing or concerns about fat content.

These findings are in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.