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Articles June 2014 Issue

Protein Plus Exercise Equals Less Muscle Loss with Aging

Over 50? You may not be getting enough protein.

Most Americans get plenty of protein—in fact, their problem isn’t too little protein but too much of the calories and saturated fat that accompany such popular protein sources as cheeseburgers or fried chicken. But people over age 50 might need to pay attention to getting adequate protein, not just at dinner time but throughout the day. Tufts researchers are finding that a steady intake of protein from healthy sources, combined with aerobic activity and weight-training exercises, can help counter the loss of muscle mass often associated with aging.

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