Importance of Protein

A lack of protein can result in reduced muscle mass and strength leading to an increased risk of falls and fractures affecting quality of life and independence.

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The recommended dietary intake (RDI) for protein is 81g per day (1.07g/kg) for men and 57g per day (0.94g/kg) for women over the age of 70 years, however recent evidence indicates that older adults should consume over the RDI1.

Research has shown that up to 40% of older people have an inadequate intake of protein2.

1. Wolfe RR et al. Clinical Nutrition 2008:27:675-684.
2. Kant AK and Schatzkin A. J Am Coll Nutr 1999;18(1):69–76.