Protein check: How much do you really need?

Published: September, 2014

The research is mixed when it comes to daily protein requirements for older adults.

Protein is important for building and maintaining muscle, bone strength, and numerous body functions. But are you eating enough of it each day? "Some older people just don't get enough protein to meet their bodies' needs, especially if they are not getting enough daily calories," says registered dietitian Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »