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Protein and Strength Training—Two Important Components for Healthy Aging

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  • According to recent research, current dietary guidelines on protein intake may be too low for health, particularly if you’re over 50
  • Protein is essential for optimal muscle growth and maintenance—especially for seniors—but there are drawbacks to eating too much protein as well
  • Protein alone is not a magic solution against age-related muscle loss. You still need strength training to actually build muscle, and if you have cancer, protein can stimulate the mTOR pathway, which increases cancer growth

By Dr. Mercola

As you age, it becomes harder to maintain muscle strength and bone health. Muscles tend to reduce in size unless you consistently exercise, which decreases strength and increases the likelihood of falls and fractures.


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