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The role of protein and protein quality in the nutritional management of older adults with or at risk of malnutrition

Sarcopenia study summary

In this brochure, we have collected some of the new and relevant references highlighting the importance of improving the nutritional status among patients, or geriatric individuals, with or at risk of disease-related malnutrition. This brochure includes guidelines for protein and energy requirements, as well as study summaries on the importance of protein quality to regain and build muscle mass. In particular, studies on leucine are included, since this is the most potent amino acid to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. Leucine has been proposed to have a beneficial effect on muscle mass, muscle strength and physical function.