Nutrition Challenges for Aging: The Impact of Protein on Satiety and Energy Intake

Daniel R Crabtree

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The process of aging causes multiple physiological, psychological and social changes that affect food choice and consumption. Advancing age alters food reward signals, reduces food craving behaviour, and suppresses appetite and energy intake, all of which contribute to a condition termed the “anorexia of ageing”. Compared with younger adults, older adults are reported to consume approximately 30% less energy per day. Dietary diversity (the number of different foods or food groups consumed over a given reference period) is also attenuated with ageing, with lower consumption of protein reported in older populations. Inadequate regulation of food and protein intake increases the risk of developing conditions such as sarcopenia and osteoporosis. Therefore, protein-energy homeostasis is considered a fundamental dietary-related determinant of healthy aging.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Specialist publicationblog
PublisherMilk Specialties Global
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2022


  • ageing
  • protein
  • appetite
  • food


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