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  • Moderate-protein diet associated with 21% lower risk of dying over the next 18 yrs in those 66+

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    Monday, August 22, 2016 7:18 am Email this article

    People 66-years and older who consumed a moderate-protein diet, defined as consuming 10-19% or more of calories from protein, were 21% less likely to die over the next 18 years than people who consumed a low-protein diet, defined as consuming less than 10% of calories from protein, according to a study from researchers at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA.

    “[T]his was not affected by percent calories from fat, from carbohydrates, or from animal protein,” the paper notes.

    In other words, a moderate- to high-protein diet INCREASED the risk of dying prematurely in people 50-65 years-old, but REDUCED the risk of dying prematurely in those 66-years-old and older.


    Subjects: 6,381 adults ages 50 and over from the U.S.

    The study included 6,381 adults ages 50 and over from NHANES III, a nationally representative, cross-sectional study in the U.S. who were followed for 18 years.

    This article was originally published on May 2, 2014.




    Levine ME, Suarez JA, Brandhorst S, Balasubramanian P, Cheng CW, Madia F, Fontana L, Mirisola MG, Guevara-Aguirre J, Wan J, Passarino G, Kennedy BK, Wei M, Cohen P, Crimmins EM, and Longo VD. Low Protein Intake Is Associated with a Major Reduction in IGF-1, Cancer, and Overall Mortality in the 65 and Younger but Not Older Population. Cell Metab, 2014 Mar 4; 19(3): 407-417.

    Author’s Contact Info

    Valter D. Longo
    Longevity Institute
    Davis School of Gerontology and Department of Biological Sciences
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520, USA
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