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What is a safe amount of scrambled eggs for my Mother to eat each week?

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Mother eats 3 or 4 eggs scrambled at breakfast 7 days a week. She also likes scrambled eggs at lunch or dinner when she doesn't like what is on the menu at her Senior Facility. She is 99 years old. She also likes white bread and deserts. She eats very little fruits and vegetables and should be drinking more fluids every day. Her sugar is 131. which is good for her age but still high. Her other vitals are good. I go to meals with her to assist her. and want to do a good job. She knows her own mind and speaks up. The eggs are a commercial grade, i.e., not organic, free range eggs. Mother has an appointment with a Dr. regarding her diet. coming up soon.

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Dear daughterlu,

Your mom sounds amazing. I know you are concerned for her well being. But if it were my mom and she was happy and content, I might just let her have all the eggs she wanted. I would check with her doctor or dietician if you are concerned though. For a 99 year old woman it sounds like she has a good appetite. Starting to think eggs might be her secret to longevity.
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She is 99 years old. Are you hoping to educate her on how to live a long and healthy life? How can it possibly matter what she eats as long as she enjoys it? Way to go, Mother! :)
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Good for Mom keep on clucking
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I agree, at 99 let her eat whatever she wants, are they seriously worried it will take years off her life? Although if she is having problems with constipation they may need to be a little more creative sneaking in quality fiber, fruits and veggies.
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If the cholesterol hasn't already taken a toll by 99, I doubt that it would be a problem. Eggs have most of the essential vitamins, amino and fatty acids, and zero sugar. I don't know how someone stands to eat so many in a day, but if she likes them, I wouldn't worry at all.

BTW, 131 is fine for a woman her age. Geriatric specialists think an average of 150 is fine for older people. There is no longer such worry about the future problems that could be caused by slightly elevated sugars.
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Here is what her geriatrician told my mother (I was there for the appointment): "Jean, you have reached your late 80s. You are obviously doing something right! I'm not going to try to tell you what to eat. You seem to be fine with what you are doing. Keep it up! The one thing I would encourage is to try to get more liquids in. At this age dehydration gets to be big a bigger risk."

I agree with all the people who have posted so far. Changing what your mother eats is not going do some miraculous cure. It is just likely to have a negative impact on her quality of life.

There are some creative ways to improve a person's diet, and if she were 50 or you were concerned about a child, I'll bet we could all share some suggestions. But, my goodness, this woman is pushing 100! Reward her with the all the eggs and white bread and desserts she wants!
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I agree. Seniors should eat what they want to eat, be happy and live each day doing as many things as they want to do, imo. Quality of life is so important, especially for those over age 80. I never comment on my dad's diet. I know he could do better, but, he'll be 80 in a few weeks and as long as he's competent, I think he should be able to enjoy everyday doing what he wants to do. Now.....I do speak up when some well meaning person sends he and my mom gifts of peanut brittle and candy apples! PLEASE. Do they want my parents to have to get some major dental work? Who does that? With the high cost of dental work, I would not giving seniors hard candy to eat. lol
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