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Protein 'important for dieting older women'

Protein 'important for dieting older women'
11th August 2011

Postmenopausal women who are dieting but want to keep their muscle should pay attention to the protein in their diet, a new study, which may be of interest to those using home care, indicates.

Researchers at the University of Illinois found that adding protein to the diet during the day not only staves off hunger pangs, but improves the proportion of fat to muscle in the body.

Mina Mojtahedi, who worked on the investigation, explained that loss of muscle mass through diet could affect the strength and balance of women as well as the performance of everyday tasks such as climbing stairs and getting out of a chair.

"We believe it's important to eat protein in the morning and through the day so those amino acids are always available," she said.

"It's easy to add protein powder into a smoothie or eat a high-protein snack and incorporate a healthier diet into a busy lifestyle."

 In other news, research published in journal Cell Metabolism has revealed that experimental drug S107 may reverse the effects of sarcopenia - the withering of the skeletal muscles.

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