Many protein supplements, normally considered a vital factor in a healthy lifestyle, have been found to be unsafe after a Consumer Reports study revealed many protein products found on store shelves contain toxic ingredients, including heavy metals. These ingredients pose a risk for the general public, but can pose a specific threat to the elderly who require clean protein supplements the most.
(Tampa, FL) June 29, 2015 – A study conducted by PubMedHealth found that up to 50% of elderly adults in U.S. nursing homes are not be getting enough protein in their diet (1) – leading many to rely on protein supplements as an assumed “healthy” to alternative to meeting daily protein intake requirements, some say. But a recent Consumer Reports study of 15 protein powders and drinks tested multiple samples of each for arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. (2) While consuming toxic substances does not behoove the average individual, the effects could be particularly detrimental to the elderly who are already in need of quality products to promote healthy aging. Robert Drapkin, MD, board certified physician in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, urges the elderly to seek out protein supplements as devoid of toxic substances as possible.
Dr. Drapkin points out that the risk when consuming these toxic ingredients is compounded even more for the elderly who may not be able to tolerate the substances as well as someone in their prime. Additionally, the toxic substances could contribute to diseases the elderly are already predisposed to as well as have a negative interaction with medications.
“There is currently a lack of products specifically tailored to the elderly – elderly bodies are more delicate and what’s being put into them should be even more scrutinized,” says Dr. Drapkin.
Dr. Drapkin advises that the elderly seek out protein supplements that contain substances useful in maintaining skeletal muscle, including immunoglobulin, beta-lactoglobulin and alpha-lactalbumin. (3)
In addition to consuming protein supplements, exercise is vital in healthy aging. Dr. Drapkin suggests taking protein in the hours after exercise, as this makes it much more effective due to an increase in amino acid levels in the blood.
Dr. Drapkin has dedicated decades of his career to the study of diet and exercise. Now in his 36th year of practice, Dr. Drapkin is inspired to help his patients prevent and treat medical conditions to improve their quality of life.
About Dr. Robert Drapkin MD FACP:
Robert Drapkin, MD, is a healthcare provider who is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care. He is in active practice, working to save lives and improve quality of life through the education of his patients. He provides up-to-date knowledge and guides his patients through their illnesses, exercises and diets. He has been in active medicine practice for over 36 years. Dr. Drapkin is currently 70 years old, and started training as a body builder when he was in his fifties. He has been a competitive body builder for 17 years, and has won many titles and contests. He is currently in training for a national event in July, 2015.
- Coleman, Erin. “Can the Elderly Take Whey Protein?”; San Francisco Gate. sfgate.com/can-elderly-whey-protein-8318.html
- “Alert: Protein Drinks”; Consumer Reports; July 2010. org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/july/food/protein-drinks/what-our-tests-found/index.htm
- Gavigan, Frank. “Whey Protein & Elderly Muscle Wasting”; Livestrong; January 8, 2015. livestrong.com/article/278509-whey-protein-elderly-muscle-wasting/
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