Evidence-Based Recommendations for Optimal Dietary Protein Intake in Older People: A Position Paper From the PROT-AGE Study Group

Jürgen Bauer, Gianni Biolo, Tommy Cederholm, Matteo Cesari, Alfonso J. Cruz-Jentoft, John E. Morley, Stuart Phillips, Cornel Sieber, Peter Stehle, Daniel Teta, Renuka Visvanathan, Elena Volpi (+1 others)
2013 Journal of the American Medical Directors Association  
Keywords: Older people dietary protein exercise protein quality physical function a b s t r a c t New evidence shows that older adults need more dietary protein than do younger adults to support good health, promote recovery from illness, and maintain functionality. Older people need to make up for age-related changes in protein metabolism, such as high splanchnic extraction and declining anabolic responses to ingested protein. They also need more protein to offset inflammatory and catabolic
more » ... ry and catabolic conditions associated with chronic and acute diseases that occur commonly with aging. With the goal of developing updated, evidence-based recommendations for optimal protein intake by older people, the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), in cooperation with other scientific organizations, appointed an international study group to review dietary protein needs with aging (PROT-AGE Study Group). To help older people (>65 years) maintain and regain lean body mass and function, the PROT-AGE study group recommends average daily intake at least in the range of 1.0 to 1.2 g protein per kilogram of body weight per day. Both endurance-and resistance-type exercises are recommended at individualized levels that are safe and tolerated, and higher protein intake (ie, !1.2 g/kg body weight/d) is advised for those who are exercising and otherwise active. Most older adults All authors attended the setup meeting, so they all were involved in conception of principal content. Working teams then drafted text, and all authors critically reviewed and edited both the draft manuscript and the final text.
doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2013.05.021 pmid:23867520 fatcat:gqzvjyqnfjbgngmrogcwgli2au