The dilemma of getting adequate nutrients
Muscle-mass naturally decreases with age, while nutrient intake also also often decreases. A decrease in appetite (for many different reasons) is very common in the elderly. Changes in taste and problems with teeth, chewing and swallowing can all lead to less enjoyment of food and eating. Certain medications can also decrease appetite, and sometimes it is simply loneliness or age related depression that is the culprit. This vicious cycle makes it increasingly difficult to make up for a rising need for nutrients with food alone.
A vicious cycle: protein deficiency – decrease of muscle mass – falling
Protein deficiency and muscle loss can have disastrous consequences. The immun system becomes weaker, which increases risk of infection. Furthermore, the muscles become weaker, which increases your chance of falling. At the same time, with increased age, comes increased risk of being injured more severely. Such injuries then often lead to long periods of rest and immobilization – which increases muscle loss.
- Important to note: protein deficiency is not a must for you, your loved ones or your patients! Early intervention with protein concentrates of the Adozan family is easy, efficient and can help to drastically increase quality of life.
Important to note…