When we were young, we used to think that our parents are the strongest human in the world. They always played an important role when we need major support, physically and mentally. As we grow up, however, we can spot some physical changes of our parents that restrain them from doing some activities they love to do such as walking in the park, traveling the world, even just climbing stairs seems more strenuous for them. This might be because their body starts breaking down more muscle as they ages.
Preserving and building muscle strength is one of the most important things to prepare for retirement. Muscle loss can be slowed down by an active lifestyle and consuming a well-balanced, nutrient-packed diet.
Older adults need a higher intake of good quality protein to help maintain physical function and minimize natural muscle loss. Many nutrients such as protein, iron, calcium and magnesium as well as Vitamin D are necessary to maintain normal muscle function.
However, as we get older, many eat less, do not consume enough protein and are unable to synthesise Vitamin D as well as before, Vitamin D can help on keeping our bones and and teeth healthy. Vitamin D and some minerals are also found in a limited number of foods, making it tough to get enough of these nutrients through a regular diet.
Muscle loss is a real deal!!
Most people are not aware that after 40 adults can lose about 8% of muscle every decade, especially at 70 the rate of muscle loss increases to about 15% per decade. Accordingly, strong muscles are needed to maintain quality of life and the ability to recover from illness.
Nutrition is key!
Adequate protein is needed to build and repair muscles. For healthy ageing, research recommends the consumption of 1.0 to 1.3 g/kg/day of protein-rich food, such as fish, poultry, eggs, milk, tofu or beans, every day. Moreover, oral nutrition supplements are a good source of quality protein for our parents as well.
Feeling less hungry every year?
Adults eat around 25% less food between 40 and 70, making protein intake decreases too. Oral nutritional supplements will be one of the best solutions in boosting overall nutrient intake for our parents.
We also have suggestions from Prapat Sopanathorn, M.D. Medical Director, Abbott in Thailand an expert in nutrition for the elderly, said that “Natural loss of appetite is an important factor to most of the elderly people receiving insufficient nutrients. Caused by the deterioration of the digestive system, Some of the diseases that limit the type of food, Including depressed also affect the appetite in the elderly as well. It is important for the caregiver should take care of their parents to receive sufficient nutrients. A simple first step is started by cooking various menu. We can use Complete, balanced nutrition supplements to make recipes for the elderly to receive essential minerals sufficiently, must use under the guidance of a doctor. Moreover, schedule regular eating with the elderly also helps to reduce stress and build strengthen relationships within the family.
Take action to preserve our parents’s muscle strength!!
Simple strategies for adults 40 and older:
Targeted Nutrition: Increase daily intake of protein & Vitamin D; include oral nutritional supplements as needed.Exercise: Resistance exercise improves muscle function.Talk to Your Doctors: Discuss ways to maintain strength.
Learn more about Abbott Thailand, please visit:
- Website: ensure.co.th
- Facebook Abbott Nutrition Care: shorturl.at/CGHV6
- YouTube Abbott Nutrition Thailand: shorturl.at/syKO9