How much protein should you eat to stay healthy as a senior citizen?
Older adults need to eat more protein. Even if you’re a healthy senior, your body needs more protein than you were younger to help preserve muscle mass. Unfortunately, one-third of older adults do not get enough protein because of lack of appetite, dental problems, impaired taste, swallowing difficulties, and limited financial resources. Not eating protein puts seniors at risk of deteriorating muscles, compromised mobility, slower recovery from illness, and loss of independence. Seniors who use more protein have better outcomes. Therefore, seniors need one to 1.3 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight.