How Much Good V/s Bad Protein You Need As Your Age.

By - James Smith

Protein's Vital Role: Protein is crucial for various bodily functions, including muscle and bone building, collagen formation, digestion, and immune system support, according to Glenda Courtney-Martin, a nutrition scientist. 

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Changing Protein Needs: Protein requirements vary throughout life, influenced by age, body size, and other factors, says Stuart Phillips, a muscle physiologist. 

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Childhood Protein Requirements: Infants, children, and teenagers need more protein per pound of body weight. Children 7 to 12 months of age need 0.54 grams of protein. 

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Adolescent Protein Gaps: A significant percentage of 14- to 18-year-old girls fall short of recommended protein intake, possibly due to dietary choices and restrictive eating habits.

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Adulthood Maintenance: Around age 17 or 18, protein needs become more about maintenance as growth slows. The federal guideline for adults is 0.36 grams of protein per pound.

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Adult Protein Intake Discrepancies: While most adults meet protein recommendations, certain groups like athletes and pregnant or breastfeeding women may need up to double the recommended amount. 

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Older Adults and Protein: Older adults (65 and above) may benefit from a slightly higher protein intake (0.45 to 0.54 grams per pound) to combat muscle loss and support recovery from illness or surgery. 

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 Muscle Loss in Aging: Beyond 50, muscle mass loss increases the risk of falls, fractures, and earlier death. Adequate protein intake becomes crucial, especially as ageing muscles become less efficient at utilizing protein.

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Protein Challenges in Older Age: Lack of physical activity, reduced appetite, and difficulty affording or preparing protein-rich foods contribute to protein shortfalls in older adults. 

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Smart Protein Choices for Seniors: Yogurt and eggs are recommended for their simplicity and protein richness. Paying attention to protein intake at breakfast is essential for older adults, offering alternatives beyond traditional options like a breakfast burrito with eggs, beans, and cheese. 

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