Optimising protein intake in older people to maintain their musculo- skeletal health
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Optimising protein intake in older people to maintain their musculo- skeletal health

Karen Reid Visiting lecturer, Life Sciences Department, University of Roehampton, London, England, and UK representative for FrieslandCampina Institute
Sue Reeves Head of undergraduate studies and student experience, Life Sciences Department, University of Roehampton, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your knowledge of the effects of ageing on mobility and musculoskeletal health

  • To understand the benefits of a protein-rich diet for older people’s health and well-being

  • To identify strategies you could use in your practice to optimise older people’s protein intake and physical activity levels

The concept of healthy ageing has become a significant aspect of the public health approach to older people’s well-being. Physiological changes that occur with ageing, such as a lack of mobility and sarcopenia (an age-related decline in muscle mass and strength), have the potential to negatively affect older people’s quality of life and musculoskeletal health, often contributing to falls and fractures. Protein intake is a crucial element in maintaining optimal health in older people, and is important in delaying sarcopenia. This article discusses the role of protein in healthy ageing and outlines various recommendations for optimising protein intake in older people.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11786

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Correspondence

s.reeves@roehampton.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Reid K, Reeves S (2021) Optimising protein intake in older people to maintain their musculoskeletal health. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11786

Published online: 26 July 2021

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