With the European population growing older, the challenge is to keep an increasing number of seniors across all European countries healthy and active. In Europe, between 13.5 % and 29.7 % of older adults living at home are malnourished or at risk of protein energy malnutrition. PROMISS aims to better understand and ultimately prevent protein energy malnutrition in seniors. Thereby, PROMISS will contribute to improve active and healthy ageing.
Nutrition for healthy ageing
The Protein Screener 55+ (Pro55+) helps assess low protein intake
Hanneke A.H. Wijnhoven, Liset E.M. Elstgeest, Henrica C.W de Vet, Mary Nicolaou, Marieke B. Snijder, Marjolein Visser, May 2018
In order to preserve muscle mass and physical function, it is important to consume a sufficient amount of protein with food. However, research shows that around 50% of adults aged 65 years and older consume less than 1.0 gram/kg body weight of protein per day.
The practical question is how to calculate if you fall in this case?
PROMISS researchers set up a short food questionnaire, named the Protein Screener 55+ or Pro55+ to provide you with the probability for low protein intake in community-dwelling older people.
The Pro55+ finally consists of questions on weight and height, and the consumption (amount on average day or frequency in 4 weeks) of: slices of bread (number); glasses of milk (number); meat with warm meal (portion size); cheese (amount and frequency); dairy products (like yoghurt) (frequency); egg(s) (frequency); pasta/noodles (frequency); fish (frequency); and nuts/peanuts (frequency).
Validation tests proved that the Pro55+performs well in discrimination persons with a low and high protein intake.
Our conclusion is that the Pro55+ can be used to validly screen for protein intake below 1.0 gram/kg body weight of protein per day in community-dwelling older adults.
Available in English, its online version can be found at www.proteinscreener.nl.
PROMISS encourages such tool to be up-taken and used in other countries, and in other languages as well.
Publication in: PLOS ONE, May 23, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0196406
EFAD Conference – Open call for abstracts
The EFAD conference will be on stage on September 28th and 29th in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The meeting place with dietitians from all over Europe is the World Trade Centre in Rotterdam.
Researchers are warmly encouraged to the inform and disseminate about their projects and results, by submitting abstract and present at the Conference.
Where are you on the 28th and 29th of September 2018? At the EFAD Conference in ! Now is your chance to meet dietitians from all over Europe!
The deadline for submitting abstracts of original research is 1 June 2018.
More information at the EFAD website.
Fighting the malnutrition cascade
The world is facing a situation without precedent: we will soon have more older people than children, and more people at very
old age than ever before. When looking at nutrition in old age, it strikes that more than 90 % of older people in Europe are living at home, and a very poor appetite is reported by 10–15 % of them, which, consequentially, causes malnutrition, and a ‘cascade’ of deteriorated body functions and illnesses; muscle loss, cognitive decline, weak immune systems and slowed wound healing.
The PROMISS project intends to tackle malnutrition, and Professor Marjolein Visser from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam explains that, in order to design concrete and tailored solutions, optimal protein intake combined with physical activity at certain time points release extra positive effects on ageing. We should however not be left alone in improving our nutrition: the support by healthcare professionals is key.
Discover more in the extensive article, appeared in the BIOECONOMY INNOVATION – COMMBEBIZ MAGAZINE 2017-2018