As their immunity system weakens with age, seniors become more susceptible to a number of health conditions such as pancreatic cancer. Although medical treatment can be effective, North Coast home care experts suggest a few dietary and lifestyle changes to keep your senior loved one safe from pancreatic cancer and help him or her lead a healthy life.
1. Cut Down on Protein Intake
The human body needs protein every day, but those who eat too many protein-rich meals have higher rates of pancreatic cancer. Doctors believe high-protein diets may be responsible for pancreatic cancer because the pancreas has a difficult time processing large amounts of protein. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be effective in reducing the risk of many different types of cancers among seniors.
2. Drink Less Alcohol
Alcohol consumption doesn’t directly lead to pancreatic cancer, but some symptoms of chronic alcohol abuse have been tied to this disease. People who drink heavily have much higher rates of cirrhosis, and this condition can increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. To reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, your loved one should try to limit alcohol to a maximum of 14 drinks per week.
3. Double-Check Cleaning Supplies at Home
Most modern cleaning supplies must meet strict safety standards, but older products might still contain carcinogens. Going through your aging loved one’s cleaning supplies every year to make sure they are carcinogen-free, as this can help reduce his or her risk of pancreatic cancer. Talcum powder, saccharin, formaldehyde, and crystalline silica are all known carcinogens that should immediately be removed from your loved one’s home.
4. Limit the Amount of Deli Meat in the Diet
To cure meat, many companies add a known carcinogen called nitrate. Cured meats should only be eaten in very small quantities, and seniors who are at a high risk of developing pancreatic or colon cancer should try to stop eating cured foods completely.
5. Get More Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a powerful antioxidant that attacks and destroys cancerous cells. The human body naturally produces vitamin D under the sun, which is why seniors should try to get outside for at least 15 or 20 minutes a day. If your loved one prefers being at home, you can prepare vitamin-D rich foods such as liver, egg yolks, and fish for him or her.
Caring for a loved one with cancer requires a holistic approach to health, which includes diet, exercise, and social stimulation. At Home Care Assistance, our professional caregivers can prepare healthy meals and provide a range of physical and social stimulation activities for seniors with cancer or a variety of other health conditions. For high-quality live-in, respite, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care in North Coast, NSW, you can call us at (02) 6646 3527.