SC Aging Help for the Aging
Aging is a complicated issue, but the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA) is here to help. The LGOA partners with a network of regional and local organizations to enhance the quality of life for seniors and vulnerable adults.
Working with the LGOA, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) divide the state into ten regions, each having staff members who assist with various programs, including home-delivered meals; group dining sites; transportation; home care services; respite; family caregiver support; disease prevention and health promotion; and information and referral services.
To further assist, the LGOA recently launched a new website, www.getcaresc.com, which connects seniors, caregivers, and family members with resources (searchable by ZIP code) available in their communities. If we may be of assistance to you or someone you know, visit our site or contact us at 1-800-868-9095, and ask to be connected to your local Area Agency on Aging.
Cut Back On Sugar
You know sugar isn’t good for you, but it can be hard to break the habit. If you’re having trouble cutting back on the sweet stuff, this might provide a little extra motivation: New research found that people who reduced their sugar intake had better markers of health in just two weeks.
For the scientific review, which was published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, scientists analyzed previous research on sugar intake, weight, and health, and found a link between eating a lot of sugar (especially fructose) and an increased risk of weight gain. They also discovered that having overweight patients lower their intake of fructose — high-fructose corn syrup in particular— helped lower a person’s risk of developing obesity, fatty liver disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Fructose accelerates the conversion of sugar to fat, the researchers pointed out, and that can lead to these health complications.
The review particularly zeroed in on high fructose corn syrup because it converts to fat up to 18.9 times faster than glucose. High fructose corn syrup — which is found in 75 percent of packaged foods and drinks — flips on the metabolic pathways that converts it to fat, where it’s stored in the body, causing weight gain, the researchers said. It also tricks the brain into thinking that the body is starving and makes people less inclined to exercise.
On the positive side, people in the review who cut out high fructose corn syrup became healthier without dieting or counting calories.
A high sugar intake also promotes chronic inflammation inside the body, which is linked to many diseases, including heart disease and cancer, Beth Warren — a registered dietitian, founder of Beth Warren Nutrition, and author of Living a Real Life With Real Food — tells Yahoo Beauty. It can even impact your central nervous system — specifically your brain’s ability to control your appetite — Deena Adimoolam, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, endocrinology, diabetes, and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, tells Yahoo Beauty.
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