Sorry Older Guys: Protein Binges Won’t Aid Health

Lots of older men may think that feeling better and maintaining muscle is simply a matter of taking in more protein.

But a new study suggests that — for sedentary older men, at least — that just isn’t true.

“It’s amazing how little evidence there is around how much protein we need in our diet, especially the value of high-protein intake,” said study lead researcher Dr. Shalender Bhasin. He directs research in men’s health for the division of aging and metabolism at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“Despite a lack of evidence, experts continue to recommend high-protein intake for older men,” Bhasin said in a hospital news release. “We wanted to test this rigorously and determine whether protein intake greater than the recommended dietary allowance is beneficial in increasing muscle mass, strength and well-being.”

So, the new six-month study tracked outcomes for 78 men aged 65 and older.

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