Senior Care in La Jolla CA: Sugar Awareness Week
3 January 2019,

January 20th through 26th is sugar awareness week.
This is the ideal opportunity for you as a family caregiver to evaluate your senior’s diet and determine if they are consuming too much sugar, or together you can make the resolution to reduce sugar in your diet and pursue better health. Understanding how sugar can impact your senior’s health, and the degree to which sugar has overwhelmed the average diet, can help you to make meaningful modifications to your care approach that will help improve your senior’s nutrition, and possibly yours as well.


Some things you should know about nutrition and sugar consumption during sugar awareness week include:

  • The United States has the highest average per person at-daily consumption of sugar among all nations.
  • The average American consumes more than 126 g of sugar each day.
  • The government recommends refined sugars make up no more than 10% of the daily caloric intake, approximately 90% of Americans eat far more than this on a daily basis.
  • Reducing sugar intake by as little as 5% on a daily basis can provide for a dramatic change in body weight.
  • Sugar consumption, particularly fructose, is linked directly with increased risk for obesity.
  • For most Americans, sugary beverages are a leading culprit behind excessive sugar consumption, with the average adult consuming more than 11% of their daily calories in sugary beverages alone.

Excessive sugar intake can be particularly impactful for elderly adults who are living with particular health problems such as diabetes. It is important to talk to your senior after about their health and any medical conditions they are living with to help you determine how much sugar is safe in their daily diet. Finding ways to cut the amount of sugar your parent consumes on a daily basis can make a tremendous impact on their health, energy, functioning, and well-being. Simply cutting down on sugar can help your parent lose weight, manage health problems, ward off other health problems, and feel better on a daily basis.

You should never feel alone when you are a family caregiver for an aging adult. Simply because you have taken on the role of being a family caregiver does not mean you have to take on all of these responsibilities and tasks completely by yourself. Elderly care is there for you.

An elderly home care services provider can help you to manage your senior’s needs in the ways that are best for them, provide the flexibility and time in your schedule you need to handle all of the aspects of your life, and make both your parent and you feel more confident as your senior ages in place.


For more information about hiring a Senior Care in LaJolla, CA, call the friendly caregivers at La Jolla Nurses Homecare who can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, at 858-454-9339. We are a home care agency providing quality and affordable senior care in La Jolla, CA, and the surrounding communities.