April 24 (Reuters) - Humana beat first-quarter profit expectations on Wednesday, helped by strength in its government-backed Medicare Advantage insurance business for older adults.

On an adjusted basis, Humana reported a profit of $7.23 per share, higher than the average analyst estimate of $6.12 per share, according to LSEG data. (Reporting by Mariam Sunny and Leroy Leo in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)