The Role of Nutrition in Sarcopenia Prevention

MediLodge of Yale understands the important connection between nutrition and health. Approximately 45% of older adults in the United States are affected by Sarcopenia, a number that will continue to increase as the population ages. Sarcopenia, the Greek term meaning “poverty of the flesh,” is the progressive loss of muscle mass, function, quality, and strength driven by the aging process. This loss of muscle mass often leads to diminished strength and decreased activity levels and can contribute to mobility issues, osteoporosis, falls, and fractures, frailty and loss of physical function and independence.

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Factors that accelerate an older adult’s loss of muscle mass include: decreased physical activity, refusal to consume meals related to restrictive therapeutic diets, decreased ability to eat independently, adverse consequences of medications, and depression. The older adult on average consumes fewer calories and protein than younger adults. Studies illustrate the correlation between protein ingestion and muscle mass. So it is very important to consume proteins in an effort to support good health and to stimulate protein synthesis within the body thus promoting muscle mass. Beneficial proteins are listed below. Try to incorporate and encourage older adults to enjoy these foods and promote good health this holiday season and throughout the year.

Examples of Beneficial Proteins include:

• Pudding

• Cheese / Cottage Cheese / String Cheese

• Peanut Butter / Nuts

• YogurtMediLodge of Yale

• Hearty Soups

• Milk / Dairy Products

• Hard Boiled Eggs

• Hummus

• Granola / Seeds / Nuts

• Tuna / Beef / Pork / Poultry

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