Does anyone know how many grams of protein are needed daily for a 85 year old?

  1. I was trying to figure it out. I know on most labels it lists the amounts of protein for a 2000 calorie diet.

    Is the amount of protein a person needs daily based on
    their weight?

    The 85 year old I am thinking about only weighs about 100 pounds.
    I thought I knew this information until I really started thinking about it.

    Anyone recall the term used to describe those 80 years old and older? something like the "super old".....
    but not that obviously.

    Geriatrics is an interesting field,
    anyone know any good sites, off-hand?
    Don't bother to look, I will do it when I have time.

    It seems to me that a 100 # twenty year old would have different protein needs than a 100 pound 85 year old.

    But maybe not. Any thoughts?
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Squirrel
    It would depend on his BUN/creat level, kidney function and medical history.

    The RDA for protein for healthy adults is 0.8 g/kg/day.

    If he had renal insufficiency as evidenced by a rise in his BUN/creat, it is recommended his protein requirement be 0.6-0.8 g/kg/day. This range is believed to be high enough to prevent malnutrition, but low enough so it does not increase the workload of the kidneys.

    If he had a low albumin level which may indicate malnutrition and did not have renal insufficiency, liver disease, or any other contraindications to a higher protein level, he may require 1.0-1.4 g/kg/day of protein.

    Hope this helps!
  4. by   adrienurse
    I would consult a registered dietician
  5. by   LauraF, RN
    Here is a site that posts the different variables when coming up with the recommended amount.
    www.emedicine.com/pmr/topic159.htm

    Protein is toward the bottom. I found it very informative. Good luck!

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