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Interview of Prof R. Wolfe – Importance of Milk protein in Elderly

Milk protein in yogurt are beneficial to elderly heath status especially muscle strength and mass, as was discussed at the 2nd Global Summit on the Health Effects of Yogurt by Robert R. Wolfe, PhD, the Director of the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Wolfe’s recent study focused on the importance of plentiful protein for the elderly not just in maintaining muscle mass, but to benefit in cardiovascular and bone health. For the elderly, the optimal intake of protein is approximately 1.5 grams/kilogram body weight/day, which yogurt can help meet. Therefore yogurt and other milk proteins can help people through lifespan consume enough high quality protein without overloading on calories.

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