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HVN1928 Metadata Record - Deer Milk and nutrition in older adults

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posted on 2024-01-16, 03:30 authored by Marlena Kruger, Pamela von Hurst

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Description: We hypothesise that deer milk will be an acceptable high protein beverage with natural high levels of vitamins and minerals and will therefore improve nutritional status.

The purpose of the proposed study is to assess if a natural milk with excellent nutritional properties is:

1) an acceptable oral supplement in older adults based on favourable sensory attributes

2) whether deer milk can improve nutritional status, body composition and physical performance as compared to a commercial over the counter nutritional supplement (ONS) .

Decline in nutritional status is a modifiable risk factor that directly impacts the development of malnutrition. The ability to influence disease progression through diet would be of significant benefit to ageing populations globally. Over the counter protein beverages are available to older adults, but poor compliance has been reported for many of these drinks which reduces the observed health benefits to the consumers. Deer milk is nutrient dense, has an improved taste and may affect mobility and general health of the participants – therefore compliance), body composition and biochemical assessments are included.

The purpose of this study is to compare the effect of deer milk versus ONS on body composition, biochemical markers of nutrition, and low burden performance outcome measures.



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Data access requirements

Individual participant data will be unavailable. The data is held at Massey University. Contact Massey University/Professor Marlena Kruger/Professor Pamela von Hurst to request access.

Principal investigator organisation

Massey University

Collaborating researchers and affiliations

Primary Investigator: Professor Marlena Kruger, College of Health, Massey University (Manuwatu Campus) Associate Investigators: Professor Pamela Von Hurst (Massey University) Dr Hajar Mazahery (Massey University) Owen Mugridge (Massey University) Sophie Turner (Massey University) Gabrielle Plimmer (Massey University)

Data description

Outcomes of the Study and associated data Primary Outcomes: -Physical performance baseline and post-intervention -Nutritional status baseline and post-intervention -Body composition baseline and post-intervention Associated data: Dynamometer data (grip strength), Mini-Nutritional assessment form, Bio-impedance data Secondary Outcomes: -Physical function assessment baseline and post-intervention -Blood levels of iron assessment baseline and post-intervention -Blood lipid profile assessment baseline and post-intervention -Serum albumin assessment baseline and post-intervention -Blood glucose (HBA1C) level assessment baseline and post-intervention Associated data: 30s chair stand test data, 40m (4 x 10m) fast-paced walk test data, Blood levels of iron, Blood lipid profile, Serum albumin level, Blood glucose (HBA1C) level, bone biomarkers CTX-I and PINP, Parathyroid hormone status, vitamin D status. Other outcomes and associated data: Demographic, medical history and supplement use questionnaire, 3-day food diary, New Zealand Physical Activity Questionnaire Short From (NZ-PAQ-SF), Sensory Profile of Study Beverages Questionnaire, Gastrointestinal Symptoms Rating Scale (GSRS) Questionnaire

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