Prospective Association Between Nut Consumption and Physical Function in Older Men and Women

Year Published: 2018


J Gerontol A


Lucía Arias-Fernández Marcos D Machado-Fragua Auxiliadora Graciani, PhD Pilar Guallar-Castillón, PhD José R Banegas, PhD Fernando Rodríguez-Artalejo, PhD Alberto Lana, PhD Esther Lopez-Garcia, PhD


This study involved 3,289 individuals 60 years of age or older from the Seniors-ENRICA cohort study in Spain. Authors tested the relationship between nut consumption (peanuts and tree nuts) and impairment of physical function in older adults.

Key Findings

Key Findings: Men who consumed 11.5 grams of nuts per day or more had a 41% lower risk of impaired agility and 50% lower risk of impaired mobility than those who consumed none. Women had a 35% lower risk of impaired overall physical function when consuming 11.5 grams or more per day vs consuming none.