We’ve heard it all before. Sugar is bad for you, and some artificial sweeteners are not so great, either. Added sugar can contribute to type 2 diabetes, high triglyceride levels, low HDL (good cholesterol) levels, tooth decay and overall poor nutrition. Now it turns out that sugar may be a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s disease, so it is especially important that seniors watch their sugar intake. Cutting back on added sugar may be harder for some people than others. Studies indicate that people with a “sweet tooth” have genetic markers that can predict their preference for sugary foods. By using sugar substitutes and artificial sweeteners, you can help control sugar intake for yourself and your loved one.