Protein supplementation improves lean body mass in physically active older adults: a randomized placebo controlled trial

Dominique ten Haaf, Thijs M.H. Eijsvogels, C.W.G. Bongers, Astrid M.H. Horstman, Silvie Timmers, C.P.G.M. de Groot, Maria Hopman

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Background An inadequate protein intake may offset the muscle protein synthetic response after physical activity, reducing the possible benefits of an active lifestyle for muscle mass. We examined the effects of 12 weeks of daily protein supplementation on lean body mass, muscle strength, and physical performance in physically active older adults with a low habitual protein intake (<1.0 g/kg/day). Methods A randomized double‐blinded controlled trial was performed among 116 physically active older adults [age 69 (interquartile range: 67–73) years, 82% male] who were training for a 4 day walking event of 30, 40, or 50 km/day. Participants were randomly allocated to either 31 g of milk protein or iso‐caloric placebo supplementation for 12 weeks. Body composition (dual‐energy X‐ray absorptiometry), strength (isometric leg extension and grip strength), quadriceps contractile function, and physical performance [Short Physical Performance Battery, Timed Up‐and‐Go test, and cardiorespiratory fitness (Åstrand–Rhyming submaximal exercise test)] were measured at baseline and after 12 weeks. We assessed vitamin D status and markers of muscle damage and renal function in blood and urine samples before and after intervention. Results A larger increase in relative lean body mass was observed in the protein vs. placebo group (∆0.93 ± 1.22% vs. ∆0.44 ± 1.40%, PInteraction = 0.046). Absolute and relative fat mass decreased more in the protein group than in the placebo group (∆−0.90 ± 1.22 kg vs. ∆−0.31 ± 1.28 kg, PInteraction = 0.013 and ∆−0.92 ± 1.19% vs. ∆−0.39 ± 1.36%, PInteraction = 0.029, respectively). Strength and contractile function did not change in both groups. Gait speed, chair‐rise ability, Timed Up‐and‐Go, and cardiorespiratory fitness improved in both groups (P < 0.001), but no between‐group differences were observed. Serum urea increased in the protein group, whereas no changes were observed in the placebo group (PInteraction < 0.001). No between‐group differences were observed for vitamin D status, muscle damage, and renal function markers. Conclusions In physically active older adults with relatively low habitual dietary protein consumption, an improvement in physical performance, an increase in lean body mass, and a decrease in fat mass were observed after walking exercise training. A larger increase in relative lean body mass and larger reduction in fat mass were observed in participants receiving 12 weeks of daily protein supplementation compared with controls, whereas this was not accompanied by differences in improvements between groups in muscle strength and physical performance.
LanguageEnglish
Pages298-310
JournalJournal of cachexia, sarcopenia and muscle
Volume10
Issue number2
Early online date7 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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Randomized Controlled Trials
Placebos
Proteins
Fats
Muscle Strength
Vitamin D
Muscles
Walking
Kidney
Dietary Proteins
Muscle Proteins
Milk Proteins
Photon Absorptiometry
Hand Strength
Body Composition
Exercise Test
Urea
Life Style
Leg
Urine

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ten Haaf, Dominique ; Eijsvogels, Thijs M.H. ; Bongers, C.W.G. ; Horstman, Astrid M.H. ; Timmers, Silvie ; de Groot, C.P.G.M. ; Hopman, Maria. / Protein supplementation improves lean body mass in physically active older adults: a randomized placebo controlled trial. In: Journal of cachexia, sarcopenia and muscle. 2019 ; Vol. 10, No. 2. pp. 298-310.
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Protein supplementation improves lean body mass in physically active older adults: a randomized placebo controlled trial. / ten Haaf, Dominique; Eijsvogels, Thijs M.H.; Bongers, C.W.G.; Horstman, Astrid M.H.; Timmers, Silvie; de Groot, C.P.G.M.; Hopman, Maria.

In: Journal of cachexia, sarcopenia and muscle, Vol. 10, No. 2, 04.2019, p. 298-310.

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