Helping Your Elderly Loved One Eliminate Sugar from Their Diet

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For the past few years, many people are becoming extremely aware of how their diet affects their health. One thing that is for certain is the way that too much sugar affects one’s health. If you are caring for an elderly adult, you should take note of how much sugar is in their diet. Type 2 diabetes and other health issues could result from taking in too much sugar. The more you know about sugar limit recommendations and what types of foods have a lot of sugar in them, the better it will be for your loved one.

Home Health Care in Coral Springs FL: Eliminating Sugar from Seniors Diet
Home Health Care in Coral Springs FL: Eliminating Sugar from Seniors Diet

Sugar Limit Recommendations

According to the American Heart Association, there are limits to the amount of sugar that men and women should be consuming each day. The American Heart Association or AHA states that women should only be getting a maximum of 25 grams of sugar every day. This would be about 6 teaspoons of sugar. They also state that men should be only getting a maximum of 36 grams of sugar every day. This would be about 9 teaspoons of sugar.

The problem is that many people don’t realize how much sugar they are getting. Many of the foods and drinks they think are healthy really are full of sugar.

Names of Sugar

If you or a senior care provider is shopping for your elderly loved one’s food, there are some names on the ingredients list that you should look out for. If you pick up any food or drink and look at the ingredient list and see “ose”, this is a type of sugar. You might see maltose, dextrose, sucrose, or fructose. In addition, you should know that syrups including rice, corn, carob, and sorghum are used to sweeten food.

Hidden Sugars You Should Be Aware Of…

If you want to help your elderly loved one to consume less sugar every day, it is helpful to know more about some of the hidden sugars that you might find in some foods or drinks. Even condiments have hidden sugars in them.

Some of the ones that you should be aware of and limit in your loved one’s diet include the following:

-Barbecue sauce and ketchup
-Marinades and salad dressings
-Fruit juice
-Fruit spread
-Peanut butter
-Dried fruits
-Breakfast cereals
-Instant oatmeal
-Sports drinks
-Energy drinks
-Granola bars
-Cashew, soy, rice, and almond milk

If you can eliminate or limit these foods and drinks in your elderly loved one’s diet, you can decrease their sugar intake.

Keeping an elderly loved one healthy can take a lot of work. However, by eliminating or limiting these foods and drinks in your loved one’s diet, this would be a great start.

If you or a family member are in need of hiring Home Health Care in Coral Springs, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.


About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.