This presentation highlighted strategies to protect muscle and metabolic health during aging. Ongoing research has bolstered support for adopting a meal-based approach to protein consumption in lieu of a less specific daily recommendation. We contend that meeting a protein threshold (approximately 30g/high quality protein per meal) represents a promising strategy to preserve muscle mass while controlling body fat. Optimizing dietary protein intake requires detailed and coordinated consideration of factors including age, body composition status and goals, energy requirements, physical activity and exercise goals, and health status. Data from a series of NIH, NASA and industry funded trials was shared.
Douglas Paddon-Jones, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, The University of Texas Medical Branch speaking on “Protein and Muscle Health During Aging” at the 2018 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar.