Your dad always puts two or three teaspoons of sugar in his coffee. Your mom’s favorite drink is sweet tea. When you add their love of dessert, you worry that they’re getting way more than they need. The American Heart Association’s daily recommendation is no more than six teaspoons for women and nine teaspoons for men.
Too much sugar can increase the risk of obesity. That is probably not surprising. Sugar is also linked to many health concerns. These risks are not something your parents should ignore.
Being overweight is one of the risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. Your body stops handling the sugars in your blood correctly, which can impact the health of your eyes, heart, kidneys, mouth (teeth and gums), and nervous system. Indulging in too much sugar increases the risk of obesity and prediabetes. If type 2 diabetes is already present, sugar can impact your loved ones health.
Fatty Liver Disease
Fatty liver disease is incredibly common. It’s a situation in which fat builds up in the liver and causes other issues, such as cirrhosis. The non-alcoholic form happens in people who do not drink but have other factors like diabetes, high cholesterol, or obesity. Changing your diet and getting exercise can help prevent further damage to the liver.
When you eat a lot of sugar, your pancreas has to increase insulin to help process that sugar. After the insulin reduces, blood glucose levels fall. This fall can trigger inflammation. Some inflammation is normal. When the body has too many foods triggering an inflammatory response, health problems like cancer, heart disease, and stroke become a bigger risk.
High Blood Pressure
As your body processes sugar, a few things happen. When insulin levels rise, the body may become resistant to insulin. This can impact how well the body uses magnesium. If magnesium supplies in the body become too low, blood vessels have a harder time staying elastic.
Certain sugars increase the stores of uric acid. Uric acid’s function is to regulate the nitric oxide within the body. If nitric oxide stores decrease too much, blood pressure can rise.
What You Can Do
Sit down with your mom and dad’s doctor and discuss your concerns. Have the doctor check for these health issues. After this, you’ll need to change your mom and dad’s dietary habits. Home care providers are a good place to start.
With the help of home care services, your parents can plan a diet and have someone encouraging them to stay on track. If they crave a sugary dessert, caregivers can slice up some fruit. In place of soda, seltzer with a slice of lemon or lime will help.
Call our home care agency to learn more. Caregivers can come daily, weekly, or just a couple of times per month. Get answers to your questions today.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.