The Power of Protein

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Are you over 50? Is your strength and stamina on the decline?

You may be among the 40% of men and 55% of women who suffer from sarcopenia, the age-related loss of skeletal muscle. But what does that mean for you?

As you age, one of the most important things you can do to maintain your health is to preserve muscle mass. Surprised? Chris Kresser, a functional medicine practitioner, spoke at length with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon on the podcast ‘How Protein Supports your Muscle Health’. They discussed how muscle mass is tied to our longevity and vitality and a low protein intake is associated with frailty and worse physical function.

As we grow older, there is less of an anabolic response (think growth) and more of a catabolic response (less growth). This results in a decrease in muscle mass which can lead to muscle weakness and a decline in mobility. The risk of falls and fractures increases substantially. It sounds debilitating but it doesn’t need to be. Exercise and a protein-rich diet are both key. As we age, we need more protein than in our younger days. Protein helps us maintain good health and functionality. It not only helps us build muscle but also offsets inflammatory and degenerative conditions such as arthritis.

If taking the golf cart seems like an easier option or your tennis game suffering or the stairs in your house seem so much higher, then ensuring you are eating enough protein at every meal is vital.