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International Day of Action for Women's Health: How eating more protein can help women with healthy ageing

International Day of Action for Women's Health Day 2024 serves as a reminder for women to pay attention to their protein intake and make conscious choices to incorporate more protein-rich foods into their diets.

Written By: Kristina Das @https://twitter.com/KristinaDas2 New Delhi Updated on: May 28, 2024 19:25 IST
International Day of Action for Women's Health 2024
Image Source : FREEPIK Know how eating more protein can help women with healthy ageing.

The International Day of Action for Women's Health is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about women's health issues and promote the importance of prioritising women's health in global policies and programs. In this article, we have focussed on how increasing protein intake can contribute to healthy ageing in women. 

As women age, they naturally tend to lose muscle mass, which impacts their mobility and balance along with an increased risk of falls. Protein, which is the building block of muscle helps maintain muscle strength and function. This can be especially important for women in older age to prevent falls and fractures which is a common concern later in life.

How eating more protein can help women with healthy ageing

Protein is a vital nutrient for women as it helps maintain muscle mass, supports bone health, and aids in the production of hormones and enzymes. As women age, their bodies require more protein to support these functions and prevent age-related muscle loss. By consuming adequate amounts of protein, women can improve their overall health and well-being, leading to a better quality of life as they age. 

Protein also plays a significant role in our bone health. While calcium is essential for bones, it is a protein that helps our body to absorb and utilize calcium effectively. Hence, an adequate amount of protein also ensures good bone health. This can help prevent osteoporosis, a condition in which bones are weakened.

Protein also has properties that can make you feel full for longer (satiety). This can be helpful in weight management, which is important for your overall health and to reduce the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiac ailments.

Plant or Animal-Based: Which protein is good for women's health?

When we spoke to Dr Aruna Kalra, Director- Obstetrics & Gynaecology, CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram, regarding the same, she said, "I recommend choosing plant-based protein sources over animal-based protein. Plant-based proteins like beans, lentils, tofu, nuts, and seeds are generally lower in saturated fat and are also packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals. Quinoa is a complete protein and a good source of fibre as well so I would urge women in their late 40s or 50s to ensure coming to a diet that is rich in protein."

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