The simple step that can help the elderly avoid sarcopenia

They should be encouraged to eat more protein, an expert says

Elderly patients need to be encouraged to eat more protein in a bid to delay sarcopenia, an expert on frailty in the ageing says.


Professor Kerrie Sanders (PhD) says that, while heredity inevitably plays a role in muscle loss and frailty, ensuring people over 70 have enough protein on their plate is a simple step that can help maintain muscle mass.

“Most Australians do have adequate protein in their diet but more recently research has identified that that’s not necessarily the case with the elderly,” the University of Melbourne academic says.