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Why Is a Sugar-Reduced Diet Important for Diabetes?

Elderly Care in Peoria AZ

As a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is suffering from diabetes, one of the most common myths that you are likely to come across is that this disease is caused by eating too much sugar. Elderly-Care-in-Peoria-AZRest assured that this is not the case. While consuming high levels of sugar and sweeteners of any kind can negatively impact the body and can lead to weight gain which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, the actual cause of the disease is much more complex. Eating a sugar-reduced diet, however, is still of the most common, and important, recommendations given to those who are trying to manage this condition. Understanding why can help you to encourage your aging parent to make better choices and remain more compliant with this guideline so that they can protect their health and well-being moving forward.

One of the leading culprits in the contribution to and worsening of diabetes is sugary drinks. People throughout the United States consume sugary beverages such as sodas, fruit juices, sweetened coffees, and non-carbonated soft drinks at a truly alarming rate, and all of that sugar adds up to a serious problem. A study showed that consuming three servings of sugary beverages a day for just 10 weeks increased the risk for developing diabetes by 15 percent. When you realize that many bottles of soda or juice that people think contain one serving actually contain two or more, it is easy to see how people can get out of control and put themselves at very serious risk.

What is important to keep in mind, however, is what the sugar in food does to the body and how that impacts diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, the type that is not caused by genetics and most commonly appears in people who are middle aged or older, is characterized by the inability of the body to produce enough insulin, the lack of insulin in the body, or the body’s inability to use that insulin properly to process the sugars in the blood. This leads to high blood sugar and a variety of serious complications throughout the body.

Simple carbohydrates cause a very quick and very dramatic spike in blood sugar. This may be too much for your parent’s body to manage on its own. Reducing the amount of total carbohydrates in their diet, starting with trimming down on the sugar, is an important step in keeping their blood sugar under control and protecting their body from complications associated with diabetes.

If your aging parent has recently been diagnosed with diabetes or has been suffering from this condition for some time and you feel that they would benefit from some addition support to help them keep their condition under control, now may be the ideal time to consider elderly care. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent when it is right for their needs as well as the care that you give them to ensure that they receive the personalized support, care, assistance, and encouragement that they need to manage their condition effectively, live a healthy lifestyle, and maintain as much independence and quality of life as they can as they age in place. This can include bringing them to the grocery store, helping them to review food options and select the ones that are best for their needs, assisting them in preparing meals and snacks, keeping them active and engaged, and offering reminders to remain compliant with their prescriptions and other guidelines from their doctor. This can help them to take control of their health and do what they need to do to keep their body at its best as they age in place.

 

If you or an aging loved one are interested in elderly care in Peoria, AZ or the surrounding areas, please contact the professional team at Devoted Guardians Home Care.  Call today at (800) 699-4781 or (480) 999-3012.

Sources:

http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/understanding-carbohydrates/sugar-and-desserts.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

http://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/diet/can-eating-too-much-sugar-cause-diabetes/

Aaron Sinykin, MBA, CEO

Born and raised in Madison Wisconsin. Graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Finance in 1999, and Graduated from Arizona State University WP Carey School of Business with an MBA in 2005.

Aaron spent 5 years working for Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona right out of college until he ventured off on his own. Aaron has owned and operated successful small businesses for the past 10 years.

Aaron is currently the CEO and owner of Devoted Guardians a Non-Medical In Homecare Agency covering the entire Phoenix valley. Aaron has been CEO since 2012 and running businesses since 2005.