Nutrition and Health Information for Those with Cancer

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Nutrition and Health Information for Those with Cancer



​Does your elderly loved one have any type of cancer? If they do, this can be tough and grueling on the both of you. There are many stages of cancer and many treatments that may be done to help your elderly loved one. However, you should know there is also some nutrition and health information for those with cancer that may help your loved one, as well. Knowing more about this information can help you to help your loved one. As with any medical condition, always follow your doctor's plan for treatment and recovery.

Light Exercise

One of the things you should know is that if your elderly loved one practices light exercise regularly this can increase their appetite. Since so many people with cancer don’t have much of an appetite, it is important to do what you can to help with this. You can take your loved one out for a small walk or have them step around their home. This can increase their appetite and help them to eat more.

Good Hygiene

Your elderly loved one should practice good hygiene, as well. Since people who have cancer don’t have the greatest immune system, they should be sure they are properly washing their hands and the food that they eat. This is something you or your loved one’s elderly care providers should remind them to do.

Additional Protein

Cancer kills off cells in the body. While there might not be much that can be done to stop this, one of the things you can help your elderly loved one with is adding more protein to their diet. This is going to help with cellular regeneration.

Soft and Bland Foods

People who have cancer often have a tough time eating. They may not be able to handle spices. In addition, they may have a tough time chewing and digesting foods. For this reason alone, you or their elderly care providers should be preparing them soft and bland foods. This will help them to eat more and to digest their food easier, as well.

Eating Yogurt

Both plain and frozen yogurt can be great for those who have cancer. It has active yeast cultures in it. These can help your loved one’s GI system to balance out. If this is something that your elderly loved one’s doctor recommends, make sure you add more yogurt into your loved one’s diet.

These are some of the pieces of nutrition and health information that you should have for your loved one if they have cancer. Hopefully, with this information, you can help to make the process of cancer a bit easier for your loved one.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Morrison, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.


Sources
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120320161318.htm
https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects/appetite-loss/nutrition-pdq
Shanna Tourtlotte

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