August 2008 Issue

Rethinking Protein Intake: More May Be Better as We Age

With all the focus on fat and carbohydrates in recent years, protein faded into the background. But experts are now rethinking protein needs, especially for older adults. Protein is a major structural component of hair, skin and nails. It is also needed to make enzymes and hormones, fight infection and maintain muscle, including vital organs like the diaphragm for breathing and the heart for pumping blood.

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