Waking Up Well. According to the glossy Retirement Community brochures and the sexy Cialis commercials, our golden years promise to include long walks on the beach, golf and games with friends, and loving physical contact when the “time is right.” So if you can handle a few laugh lines, age spots and gray hair, and find a trendy pair of reading glasses that enhance your intellectual demeanor, life is worth the wait as the final chapters are best.
But more and more of us are suffering as we age. Dementia, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis make us sore, stiff and slow. Our time is spent with specialists and our money goes to medications. Instead of waking up well, we wake up feeling disabled, depleted and disappointed.
The World Health Organization would really like it if you put down that soda.
In March, the United Nations’ health agency came out with new recommendations for sugar consumption that might ruin your next ice cream sundae. Citing research from 9,000 studies – because we needed 9,000 studies and an international coalition of health experts to tell us that Big Gulps are not a good idea – WHO dropped its recommended daily sugar intake to 5 percent of total calories consumed. (The previous recommendation had been 10 percent of total calories consumed.)
Under the 5-percent guideline, a person who consumes 2,000 calories a day should limit sugar intake to 25 grams. To give you some context, a 12-ounce can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar, which puts you well over your daily recommended limit before you dip a single French fry into that sweet ketchup, or consider the sugar in the cereal, milk, bagel or juice you had for breakfast. (more…)