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Nutritional considerations for the older athlete.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15212741     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this review article, nutritional considerations of the aging athlete are discussed. The focuses of the review include energy, carbohydrate, protein, selected vitamins and minerals, and fluids. Age-associated changes in body composition, resting energy expenditure, and volume and intensity of training, may decrease the need for dietary energy and the intakes of macro- and micronutrients and fluids. The older athlete should monitor nutrient intakes to insure adequacy, especially regarding carbohydrate to promote glucose storage and use as an energy source during exercise, and protein to promote strength-training-induced muscle hypertrophy. Emphasis should also be placed on the dietary intakes of certain micronutrients, as well as the potential need for supplementation of certain vitamins and minerals, including the vitamins B(2), B(6), B(12), D, E, and folate, and the minerals calcium and iron. Age-associated changes in thermoregulation and an increased susceptibility to dehydration underscore the critical importance to the older athlete of adequate fluid intake to sustain health and performance. Nutrition is a tool that the older athlete should use to enhance exercise performance and health.
Wayne W Campbell; Rachel A Geik
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.)     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0899-9007     ISO Abbreviation:  Nutrition     Publication Date:    2004 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-23     Completed Date:  2005-03-10     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802712     Medline TA:  Nutrition     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  603-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / physiology*
Body Composition
Body Temperature Regulation
Dietary Carbohydrates / administration & dosage
Dietary Fats / administration & dosage
Dietary Proteins / administration & dosage
Energy Intake
Energy Metabolism
Exercise / physiology
Minerals / administration & dosage
Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Physical Fitness / physiology
Sports / physiology*
Vitamins / administration & dosage
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Carbohydrates; 0/Dietary Fats; 0/Dietary Proteins; 0/Minerals; 0/Vitamins

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