According to latest statistics by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 3123 cases of pancreatic cancer were reported in 2016. The likelihood of this cancer increases with age, with seniors aged 60 and above showing a higher risk of cancer. Perth senior home care professionals discuss 5 dietary changes for seniors to stave off pancreatic cancer and lead a healthy life.

1. Reduce Alcohol Intake

Diabetes and pancreatitis affect the pancreas and increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. To reduce the risk of both conditions, your loved one should maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise and prevent fat from accumulating around the middle of the abdomen. Limiting alcohol consumption can reduce the likelihood of developing pancreatitis. Women should limit their alcohol intake to one drink per day, and men should have no more than two drinks per day.

2. Limit Red Meat

Seniors should limit their red meat intake to no more than 17 ounces per week, choose fresh cuts over processed meats, and cook it over moderate heat. Another option is to replace red meat with fatty fish such as salmon or mackerel at least once or twice a week.

3. Add Selenium to the Diet

Some seniors with low levels of selenium develop pancreatic cancer. Selenium aids metabolism and has antioxidant properties to protect cells against damage. Consider adding foods rich in selenium such as nuts, fish, oysters, and sunflower seeds to your loved one’s diet.

4. Cook with Turmeric

Turmeric is related to ginger and is commonly used in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine. It contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties that help lower the risk of pancreatitis and diabetes. It may also block pancreatic cancer pathways.

5. Eat More Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains

Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain carotenoids, flavonoids, fiber, B vitamins, and other nutrients that reduce the risk of pancreatic and other forms of cancer. Foods to focus on include.

  • Citrus fruits
  • Berries
  • Melons
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa

The right diet plan for your senior loved one can help stave off a number of medical conditions and boost his or her health. At Home Care Assistance, we provide respite, live-in, and dementia caregivers, Perth, WA, families can rely on. Our caregivers prepare healthy and nutritious meals, provide medication reminders, and engage seniors in a variety of physical, mental, and social stimulation activities to slow cognitive decline and keep certain health conditions at bay. To create a customized care plan for your loved one, call us today at [hca_phone].