Category Archives: Elderly

Higher Protein Intakes Can Benefit the Elderly

Individuals with more skeletal muscle tend to be healthier than those with less. Skeletal muscle mass is directly proportional to resting metabolic rate and so those with more lean mass will have higher metabolic rates and are therefore usually leaner. … Continue reading

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Protein Supplements for the Elderly

Muscle loss increases the risk of death in the elderly. The exact reason for this association is controversial, as it is not clear if the muscle loss is a cause of the higher risk of mortality or a symptom of … Continue reading

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Leucine Builds Muscle: More Evidence

High protein diets are beneficial to weight loss. The exact reason for this is not clear but may relate to the availability of protein to build skeletal muscle. As skeletal muscle tissue increases in mass, body composition improves because the … Continue reading

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Eat More Cocoa, Improve Your Health

It is often considered that physiological and mental deterioration occurs inevitably during ageing. For example, muscle mass and blood pressure show detrimental physiological decreases and increases, respectively, as ageing proceeds. Mental function too shows a correlative decline with advancing years … Continue reading

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Zinc Insufficiency: Does It Cause Low Testosterone?

Zinc is an essential mineral in human nutrition. Zinc is essential because it acts as a cofactor in a large number of enzymes. One of the roles of zinc is that of reproductive physiology and growth, as children with low … Continue reading

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Supercharge Your Brain: Fish

Many studies have observed that those who regularly eat fish are not only generally healthier, but they also display superior cognition. The reason for the health effects of fish on the brain is likely for two main reasons. Firstly, fish … Continue reading

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Predicting Vitamin D Status Without a Blood Test

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone with a wide ranging nutritional role. Vitamin D can be synthesised from cholesterol in the skin in a reaction catalysed by ultraviolet light or can be derived from the diet. Vitamin D is not … Continue reading

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Protein Prevents Weight Loss in The Elderly

Weight loss in the elderly, specifically a decrease in lean mass, increases the risk of mortality significantly. A loss of skeletal muscle in the elderly is associated with reduced mobility, increased frailty, and a loss of bone tissue that increases … Continue reading

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Essential Nutrients: Essential For A Reason

Essential nutrients are so named for a reason. They comprise a group of chemicals that are required to maintain life, but which cannot be manufactured endogenously. In humans, essential nutrients fall into a number of categories including amino acids, organic … Continue reading

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Vitamin C Deficiencies in The Elderly

Research suggests that the Western diet is a contributory factor in the low micronutrient intakes of many living in developed nations. Growing evidence suggests that those individuals with the lowest intakes of certain micronutrients may be at increased risk of … Continue reading

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