Nursing Research Shows Protein Intake in Older Adults Differs by Ethnicity/Race
As the older adult population in the U.S. continues to grow and become more diverse, health concerns increase in parallel. Evaluating differences in protein intake and health indicators among racial/ethnic groups is important to identify group characteristics, risks, assess vulnerabilities and develop targeted interventions.
Researchers from FAU's College of Nursing and collaborators conducted a study to evaluate if there were differences in protein intake, nutritional status, and physical health among various ethnic groups.
"The signifant differences in protein intake and physical function among older African Americans, European Americans and Hispanic Americans in our study indicate a clear need for targeted interventions to improve nutrition and physical health especially among African Americans and European American females," said Sareen Gropper, Ph.D., lead author and Professor in FAU's College of Nursing.
Co-authors of the study are Ruth M. Tappen, Ed.D., Eminent Scholar and Professor in FAU's College of Nursing, and Edgar Ramos Viera, Ph.D., Florida International University.
Click here for more information on the study. Results were also published in the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics.