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.

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21st September 2018

Overcoming protein intake challenges among seniors

Nutritioninsight spoke with Dr. Christine Yung Hung of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Ghent University about protein intake preferences among elderly adults.

She presented on her research on agro-food marketing and consumer behaviour at the 40th European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) Congress, held in Madrid.

Have a look to the interview in this video.

17th August 2018

PROMISS at the ESPEN Congress 2018 “Nutrition without borders”

With the theme “Nutrition without borders” the ESPEN Congress 2018 (1-4 September 2018, Madrid, Spain) intends to explore new topics in clinical nutrition, in different clinical settings, besides the multidisciplinary and worldwide environment of the Congress.

Working in close collaboration with the ESPEN Committee Members, an attractive program represents an opportunity for physicians, dietitians, pharmacists, nutritionists, scientists and nurses involved in the field of nutrition and metabolism to meet and discuss cutting edge science in an informal atmosphere, strengthening old and sparkling new collaborations.

PROMISS will be displayed there, thanks to the direct participation of ESPEN as a partner, and VUA as coordinator.

Come and visit us on Booth no. 71 in the Exhibition Hall!

For more information, please contact ilenia.gheno@age-platform.eu

 

31st May 2018

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

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