Science & Research

Dairy and health: Healthy aging

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Age-related muscle loss, called sarcopenia, can have a dramatic effect on independence and quality of life for the elderly. But there may be good news; some research has shown that higher protein intake with exercise may help maintain muscle health.
Aging couple drinking milk

Science shows that dairy can be a part of healthy aging

As boomers enter their golden years, there is new interest in living healthy, active, fulfilling lives. Nutrition research connects dairy to benefits for this particular population.

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Protein messaging

Active women drinking milk
Protein and healthy aging
Whey protein and dairy foods help build a higher protein diet, which can help preserve muscle during aging. Nutrition-labeling terms and requirements for developing messages on higher protein intake during aging are presented.