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Judith E. Brown
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Judith E. Brown
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The AMDR for protein is 10–35 percent of calories, and the RDA is 0.8 gm/kg body weight. If the average older adult meets the RDA, why is protein a nutrient of concern for older adults?

Summary Introduction

To determine: The reasons why protein is a nutrient of concern for older adults even if the average older adult meets the RDA.

Introduction: The amount of nutrient intake for an individual is usually assessed based on the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) and the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (ADMR) guidelines. RDA values are related to the amount of nutrient and calorie intake per day, while AMDR is based on the percentage of calories of particular macronutrients.

Explanation

The recommended dietary allowance for protein in older adults is 0.8 gm/kg of body weight. When aging, the body loses muscle mass, but the protein requirement of the body remains the same.

The requirement for protein does not decrease due to physical inactivity...

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