Diet soda may seem like the ultimate low-calorie beverage, but it has several serious drawbacks that can negatively impact senior health. As a trusted provider of senior care in Boca Raton, Home Care Assistance provides the top reasons to kick diet soda to the curb.
1. Increased Waist Size
Studies show that seniors who drink diet soda on a regular basis may experience a notable increase in waist size over time. A bigger waist size may not sound too alarming, however it can actually affect senior mobility and posture, and extra weight can lead to significant joint problems.
2. Confused Taste Buds
Artificial sweeteners in diet soda have more intense flavors than real table sugar. Prolonged consumption actually dulls taste buds to naturally sweet food, such as apples or bananas. This leads to an increase in sugar consumption just to satisfy the taste buds.
3. Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Drinking diet soda considerably amplifies the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a disease seniors are already more at risk for than other age groups. One study published by Diabetes Care showed daily consumption of diet soda lead to a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67% increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
4. Causes Depression
Diet soda has been linked with depression. Based on studies conducted with participants aged 51 to 70, seniors who drank diet soda were found to have a 30 percent higher chance of being medically diagnosed with depression over a 10-year timeline.
If your loved one is drinking diet soda everyday, help him/her gradually lessen consumption through emotional support, education, and finding a viable replacement for the addictive beverage. For help promoting a healthier diet, consider part-time home care from Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton. Our compassionate and trained caregivers can grocery shop, prepare healthy meals, and offer companionship and support as your loved one kicks their bad habit to the curb. Call (561) 826.9282 and speak with a friendly Care Manager who can tell you more about our comprehensive care services.