March 22, 2016

Dingdong Dantes: "Providing good nutrition balance and strength is the first step in helping our parents fulfill their dreams" - Nutrition plays a vital role in helping older adults maintain strength and achieve their dreams

Dingdong Dantes : "Providing good nutrition balance and strength is the first step in helping our parents fulfill their dreams." 
While as you age, hormonal changes can contribute to how your body builds and stores muscle, most cases of sarcopenia are linked to poor nutrition as well as inactivity.  A dramatic loss in muscle mass and strength as you age. Sarcopenia, or the gradual loss of muscle mass, is a common consequence of aging, and poses a significant risk factor for disability in older adults.

One of the best ways to support strength building is good nutrition. We must have balanced meals throughout the day. Vitamins and a protein-rich diet may be key for combating aging-related loss of muscle mass .

A new surveyi found that 9 out of 10 older Filipino adults still have dreams they wish to fulfill, but lack of strength prevents them from fulfilling their dreams. In the survey sponsored by Abbott, children acting as caregivers (aged 30-50) and parents (aged 50-70) were asked about fulfilling their dreams – including what they were and what, if anything, prevented them from realizing their dreams. 


The importance of family closeness and support is evident across both parents and their children, as the responses from the caregivers complement those of their parents. The majority of surveyed caregivers knew their parents well, with 83 percent of them saying they are aware of their parents’ dreams and are willing to support them. 

Ninety-three percent of Filipinos aged 50+ think that poor physical condition limits them from fulfilling dreams. But only 20 percent of caregivers considered addressing their parents’ physical strength with nutritional support to help them to achieve their dreams. 

The findings suggest that while the caregivers support their parents’ dreams mostly through financial assistance and helping them find the time, more can be done to help make these dreams a reality, particularly as it relates to how older adults get the right nutrition. Filipino caregivers could therefore consider helping their parents maintain good physical health and strength to live an active life.


Dr. Jose Rodolfo Dimaano Jr., Medical Director of Abbott’s nutrition business in the Philippines. 

"As one grows older, nutrition gaps and declining lean body mass contribute to the loss of physical strength, making it difficult to perform simple tasks like walking or climbing stairs," said Dr. Jose Rodolfo Dimaano Jr., medical director of Abbott’s nutrition business in the Philippines. 

"Maintaining good physical strength in older adults enables them to pursue their unfulfilled dreams in retirement," Dr. Dimaano added.

He further emphasized that proper nutrition is an important determinant of strength, and good health is the starting point for everything that is possible in life.

However, Dr. Dimaano noted that older adults’ intake of nutrients and protein from a regular diet may still be insufficient, thus nutritional supplements may be required to fill nutrition gaps. Nutrition gaps are brought about by poor digestion and nutrient absorption, illness-induced poor appetite, poor dental function, or some loss of the ability to chew, 3-4 which are all common conditions found in older adults.

This is where nutritional supplements like Ensure play a role. Ensure  is scientifically designed to provide essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and protein to help with physical strength. It also has other ingredients like medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), dietary fibers, and Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) for easy digestion and for a healthy digestive tract. Research shows that supplementing with Ensure® for 8 weeks can help increase physical strength5* needed by older adults to fulfill their dreams.

The ‘Ensure Strength to Fulfill Your Dreams’ campaign aims to remind both caregivers and parents to take the necessary action in helping older Filipino adults have good nutrition to maintain their strength. The campaign also encourages older adults to stay in good physical condition to enjoy an active retirement. 

Actor Dingdong Dantes has a real-life experience with helping his father achieve his dreams. He knew he had to do something when his father implied that he might be too old to revive his passion for riding motorcycles. Dingdong started to refurbish his father’s motorcycle and also reminded his father to build the energy and fitness he needs in order to enjoy a good motorcycle ride. 

“As a son, it’s my duty to remind him about proper nutrition - for him to stay stronger so he can fulfill his dreams. By doing so, he will be able to live his life strongly and to the fullest,” said Dingdong Dantes. 

Ensure can be consumed by adults as a nutritional supplement that can also be a sole source of nutrition for elderly, people not eating well or recovering from an illness or surgery, and for those who are about to undergo surgery.

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i1 Survey conducted by MS Brion Research Services Co. on behalf of Abbott Nutrition. The survey analyzed 100 parents aged 50–70 and 100 children acting as caregivers aged 30-50, using the Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) method.
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Guiglia R, et al. Curr Pharm Des. 2010;16:619-630
4 Petersen, EP. The World Oral Health Report 2003. World Health Organization; 2003
Edington J, Barnes R, Bryan F, Dupree E, Frost G, Hickson M, et al. A prospective randomized controlled trial of nutritional supplementation in malnourished elderly in the community: clinical and health economic outcomes. Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland). 2004;23(2):195-204.

*Results based on a clinical trial in malnourished elderly subjects.

Abbott Ensure®
The Abbott Ensure® product range uses science-based nutrition formula to provide good nutrition and is shown to help support long-lasting strength1. When consumed in appropriate amounts, Ensure can help fill nutritional deficits to meet daily nutrition requirements with a complete blend and balanced nutrition including high protein, prebiotics and 28 essential vitamins and minerals.
Research shows that drinking Ensure twice a day, in addition to a regular diet, for 8 weeks can help increase muscle strength1.

Abbott Ensure® Key Features:
  • Complete and balanced nutrition with three major nutrients and 28 vitamins and minerals meeting the recommendations of nutritional experts
  • High protein to build and maintain body tissue
  • Prebiotics to help promote digestive tract health and support probiotic ecology
  • Suitable for people with lactose intolerance

Ensure® is available worldwide in more than 80 countries. In the Philippines, Ensure is recognized as the number one adult nutrition brand and most recommended by doctors.2-3

  1.  Edington, J., et al., A prospective randomised controlled trial of nutritional supplementation in malnourished elderly in the community: clinical and health economic outcomes. Clin Nutr, 2004. 23(2): p. 195-204. (note: 8 weeks)
  2. PPI Retail Data. July 2014 – June 2015.
  3. PMDI Prescription Data for the period of July 2014 - June 2015

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