With age, our body tends to lose the muscle mass. Now, Sarcopenia is a gradual loss for muscle function that increases with age and slashes our muscles strength at least by 50 percent depending on one’s lifestyle. Additionally, loss of the muscle strength and mass might lead to decreased life quality with risk from fractures or falls in the old age.
Protein intake is increasingly important as we age to help keep the muscle strength from deteriorating exponentially. However, a recent study has confirmed that adults in the U.S. fail to consume the required amount of protein. Christopher A. Taylor, a Ph.D. and registered dietician along with his team took charge to examine the data acquired between the time period of 2005 to 2014 by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. This survey investigated the overall protein intake by 11,680 adults that were aged 51 or more.
The analysis confirmed that around 46 percent of these participants, especially the ones towards the older side of age failed to consume the required daily amount of protein. At least one-third of these participants missed 30 grams protein content from their regular diet. This in time leads to functional limitations and lowered muscle strength.