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The Healthiest Way to Meet Your Protein Needs

Health experts have varying opinions on how much protein needs to be consumed for optimum health. However, one thing they all agree on is that eating protein every day is a dietary essential.
One primary function of protein is that it contributes to lean muscle mass. As you get older, your

Memory Changes as We Age

People often wonder if a memory lapse is age-related or something more serious. “It’s not always a clean divide,” explains Dr. Teng. “Because people live longer than they used to, it’s more challenging to discern between normal and abnormal cognitive aging. Not all memory loss is normal. Progressively worsening memory

9. Hydration and Healthy Beverages

Meeting Your Water Needs
You’ve no doubt heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s mostly a myth. What is true is that there’s far more to hydration than counting glasses of water: In addition to water, other beverages, and even foods, can help you meet

8. Understanding Fats

Complex Chemistry
Making smart choices about fats and oils is not as simple as proponents of this product or that fad diet would have you believe. Common vegetable oils, as well as animal fats, such as butter, lard, and the fats in meat and dairy, contain a mix of different types

7. Rethinking Protein Needs

You Might Need More
Most Americans get plenty of protein, despite the marketing hype suggesting otherwise, but an emerging scientific consensus says older adults may need even more. Evidence also is mounting that the timing of older adults’ protein consumption may be important; the traditional, protein-heavy dinner might need to give

Introduction

If you wonder whether your diet really makes a difference in your health as you get older, just ask Uncle Sam. Every five years, the federal government rounds up the latest scientific evidence about nutrition and serves up a few hundred pages of advice about what to eat and drink

1. Building the Active Body

Aging Strong and Gracefully
If you’re concerned about how old you look or how old you feel, you might be tempted to search for the fountain of youth in anti-aging supplements, face creams, or spa treatments. In truth, two of the most effective—and inexpensive—things you can do to hold on to

Colorectal Cancers: Screening Saves Lives

Colorectal Cancers: Screening Saves Lives

Colorectal cancer remains one of the most curable cancers—if it’s detected early. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently renewed its advice stating that screening for colorectal cancers should begin at age 50 and continue to at least age 75.
For people age 76 to 85, the USPSTF noted

From the Editor: Cooking for One

In this month’s issue of Focus on Healthy Aging, we’re looking at the Department of Agriculture’s latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines are updated every five years to reflect advancements in scientific understanding about healthy eating choices. They also are a useful outline for how much you should be

Protein at Breakfast and Lunch Boosts Muscle Mass

Americans’ craze for plenty of protein may be missing the point, at least as it applies to older adults. For protecting against frailty and retaining muscle mass, when you consume your protein might be as important as how much.

In a new 24-week clinical trial, extra protein at breakfast and lunch

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