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Researchers Find Nutritional Keys To Musculoskeletal Health In Seniors

January 18, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A multinational panel of the International Osteoporosis Foundation that reviewed findings from worldwide studies on the role of nutrition in sarcopenia – gradual muscle loss among older people – has identified the key nutritional factors that either contribute to muscle loss or help prevent it. They found that protein intake is critical to muscle health. An intake of 1.0-1.2 g/kg of body weight per day is optimal for skeletal muscle and bone health in elderly people. Vitamin D is also important in the preservation of muscle. The panel also found that excess intake of acid-producing nutrients (meat and cereal grains) in combination with low intake of alkalizing fruits and vegetables may be harmful to musculoskeletal health.
A. Mithal et al., "Impact of nutrition on muscle mass, strength, and performance in older adults", Osteoporosis International, January 18, 2013, © Springer
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