Research in Europe discovered that a diet high in proteins could help patients with heart failure live longer. The study used data from BIOSTAT-CHF. The data investigated heart failure outcomes in patients from 11 countries in Europe. Looking at the data, researchers tried to see how protein affected 2,281 patients with an average age of 68.
Protein is known to help increase muscle mass and decrease the aging process, promoting good health. But old adults eat less protein than young adults, even if they should eat more.
But until now, high protein intake wasn’t studied in cases of heart failure. Heart disease risk is increased with age, affecting one in ten patients aged 70.
46% Increased Risk of Death in Patients Consuming Less Protein Than Recommended
Researchers grouped participants into four groups according to the proteins they consumed. They used daily protein intake by analyzing urine results.
After the follow-up period, researchers discovered that 31% of the patients with a lower intake of proteins had died. The consumed less than 40 grams of protein per day. The group with the highest protein intake – 70 grams or more per day – had only 18% deaths.
Researchers also took into consideration other factors, concluding that the group with the lowest protein intake had a 46% risk of death compared to those that had a high protein intake.
Koen Streng at University Medical Centre Groningen (Netherlands) is the study author:
“We observed that in patients with heart failure, a higher protein intake is independently associated with better survival. The study did not look at causes for this link, but it is likely that dietary protein builds muscle mass which is beneficial for health in these patients. A randomized controlled trial is needed to determine a recommended amount of daily protein intake for patients with heart failure.”
150-200 Grams of Protein a Day For Adults Over 50-Year Old
A portion of protein is equal to one egg, a tablespoon of peanut butter, 30 grams of meat (chicken or fish), half an ounce of nuts/seeds or a quarter cup of cooked beans. Adults over 50-year-old should consume 150-200g of proteins, meaning 5-7 portions.
The study was recently presented at Heart Failure 2018 (26-29 May) and the World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, a European Society of Cardiology Congress, in Vienna, Austria.
How To Add More Protein Into Your Diet?
As we already know the importance of eating enough protein, let’s talk about ways you can get more protein in your daily meals. You can easily increase your protein intake by eating high-protein foods such as chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, and other seafood.
On the top of eating whole foods, you can also nourish your body with high quality protein in the form of supplements such as protein powders or even snack bars. Most snack bars are loaded with sugar. If you want to boost your protein intake without all the unnecessary carbs and sugar, your best bet is to find the low carb protein bars that don’t have any sugar added. Make sure you read the ingredients and label to avoid disappointment.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.