PROTEIN-RICH DIET REDUCES FUNCTIONAL DECLINE
According to a study published in the "Journal of the American Geriatrics Society", the adoption of a diet rich in proteins, especially of animal origin, may help the elderly to maintain a high physical, psychological and social function.
Due to the increase in life expectancy, more and more elderly people are living with functional decline, both in terms of their cognitive ability and in carrying out their daily activities. This decline can have considerable effects both on the health and well-being of the elderly and on their caregivers.
The study included 1,007 individuals with an average of 67.4 years and found that individuals who consumed more protein had a 39% lower risk of having a decline in cognitive function. The identification of nutritional factors that contribute to the maintenance of a high functional capacity is essential to prevent future deterioration in the performance of daily activities, helping the elderly to maintain their functional capacity.