Caregiving Odd and Ends

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For Caregiver’s of Alzheimer’s

Odds and Ends

White sugar vs. Brown sugar vs. Honey: more calories? less calories? the same?  Answer at the end of this post.  If you are wrong, you have to sign up for my free newsletters.  If you are right, you don’t.

According to Mind, Mood & Memory, Physical Strength is linked to lower Alzheimer’s Risk. (yes, yet another reason to exercise, yuck)

Pleasant thoughts may help quell pain.  A study published less than 4 months ago in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that thinking pleasant thoughts may help take your mind off of pain.  (This is one of those studies that annoy me, forget I mentioned it).

OK, here’s a better one:  High levels of the antioxidant URATE may slow Parkinson’s disease. This one comes from the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Harvard School of Public Health.  Go find it at your health food store. But be warned increased levels of Urate have been linked to increased risk for hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke , kidney stones, and gout.  (I had a kidney stone a few months ago, I have never felt that kind of pain before).  So its a trade off, but I think if I had Parkinson’s I would risk the other stuff for a better quality of life.

In a study of 19,000 people (that’s a lot).  It looks like vitamin D play a very important role in respiratory health including reducing your chances for catching colds and the flu.  Try to add 1,000 – 2,000 IUs of vitamin D to your diet daily.

Have you ever had Shingles?  No? You don’t want to – its miserable. So why risk it. Next time you go to the doctor ask for a Shingles vaccine.  By the way, you know that Shingles and chicken pox are caused by the same thing (varicella zostervirus). Shingles occurs later in life when the dormant virus is reactivated.  Which also means that if you have shingles, you can infect someone else with chicken pox.

The American Journal of Public Health spent a lot of money to find out that “An active social life may lower dementia risk”.  (Tell me how they expect someone to change their personality and become more social, forget I mentioned this one too.)

A study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine links higher vitamin C levels with a substantially reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

OK, ready for you answers?

Which has more calories: white sugar, brown sugar, or honey?

White sugar has 16 calories per teaspoon, brown sugar has 17 calories per teaspoon and honey has a whopping 21 calories per teaspoon!  By the way while honey has small amounts of calcium and potassium, its nutritional value is not  significantly different from that of table sugar. (source: Bottom Line Health).  On the other hand – Molasses are a rich sources of disease fighting antioxidants. 

OK you promised, the sign up for the newsletter is at www.easycaregiving.com Don’t forget when you sign up you get a free stress management download and an ebook about wandering and sundowning.

Final thought, You know of course that honey should never be given to babies under one year of age, right? It has to do with allergy to bee stings.

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