The diet we eat can have a great influence on the changes that our body undergoes as the years go by. Thus, a recent study indicates that Adequate zinc intake is key to preventing physical deterioration and frailty in older adults.
Higher zinc intake and less functional loss or physical deterioration
The zinc It constitutes a mineral that is required in quantities of 12 to 15 mg per day, in women and men, respectively. In our body, it considerably influences the defense system as well as the production of hormones such as testosterone, cell division and protein synthesis, helping, among other things, to preserve muscle mass.
Perhaps for this last reason, a recent study has concluded that a Adequate zinc intake is associated with less physical deterioration and frailty in older adults, after evaluating more than 2,900 adults aged 60 years and older, between 2012 and 2017.
Zinc intake was estimated using a side-by-side validated computerized dietary history and adjusted for total energy intake. This was related to impaired lower extremity function and frailty. taking into account confounding factors such as lifestyle, comorbidity and other dietary factors.
Thus, the study found that compared to those who consumed the least zinc each day, those in the highest tertile of consumption had a lower risk of lower extremity loss of function and frailty.
This leads us to think that a adequate zinc intake is key to preserving physical function and reducing the progression to frailty in adulthood, being able to incorporate this mineral with food, especially animal origin, such as seafood, fish, meat or, with nuts, seeds and whole grains.
Foods concentrated in zinc are, for example, oysters, the clams, the liver and the cow meatincluded in the framework of a healthy diet and accompanied by other habits such as regular physical exercise, can contribute to good physical health as the years go by.
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