Daily Protein Intake and Distribution of Daily Protein Consumed Decreases Odds for Functional Disability in Older Americans

Ryan McGrath, Sherri Stastny, Shanon Casperson, Lisa Jahns, James Roemmich, Kyle J. Hackney

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Objective: We sought to determine whether daily protein intake and protein distribution across eating occasions were associated with functional disability in a national sample of older Americans. Methods: Data from 8,070 adults aged ≥60 years from the 2007-2016 waves of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were included. Protein intake and functional capacity was self-reported. A daily protein recommendation of ≥1.0 g/kg/day was utilized. The daily protein recommendation was then spread-out across four meals, whereby a ≥0.25 g/kg/meal threshold was used. Results: Those meeting the daily protein recommendation had 0.78 (95% confidence interval [CI] = [0.65, 0.93]) decreased odds for functional disability. Persons meeting the protein intake threshold per eating occasion for one, two, three, and four occasions had 0.60 (CI = [0.38, 0.95]), 0.48 (CI = [0.30, 0.77]), 0.47 (CI = [0.29, 0.77]), and 0.39 (CI = [0.20, 0.75]) decreased odds for functional disability, respectively. Discussion: Protein consumption seems to be important for preserving function in older Americans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • diet/nutrition
  • epidemiology
  • geriatrics
  • physical function

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  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Daily Protein Intake and Distribution of Daily Protein Consumed Decreases Odds for Functional Disability in Older Americans. / McGrath, Ryan; Stastny, Sherri; Casperson, Shanon; Jahns, Lisa; Roemmich, James; Hackney, Kyle J.

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