Helpful Tips for Managing Cholesterol Levels

Helpful Tips for Managing Cholesterol Levels
If your older family member has high cholesterol, their chances of developing heart disease is increased. Their doctor may have prescribed medications to help bring their cholesterol levels back under control. But, even if they are taking medication, there is still more they can do to manage their cholesterol. Here are some ways older adults can manage their cholesterol.

Make Dietary Changes

Eating a heart healthy diet can help with bringing cholesterol levels under control. Some changes recommended by the Mayo Clinic are:
  • Less Saturated Fat: Saturated fats are found in foods like red meat and dairy products. When your aging relative limits saturated fats, it can help to lower their LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • No Trans Fats: Trans fats are present in many processed foods, including margarine and packaged cookies. They may appear on the nutritional label as “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.” Trans fats are considered so unhealthy that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the use of partially hydrogenated vegetable oils by January of 2021.
  • Increase Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids won’t actually affect cholesterol levels. However, omega-3 fatty acids do offer other benefits that improve heart health, such as lowering blood pressure. 
  • More Soluble Fiber: Soluble fiber helps prevent cholesterol from entering the bloodstream. 
  • Include Whey Protein: Whey protein, which comes from dairy products, can lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure.
Home care can help older adults to eat a healthier diet by helping to plan and prepare meals.

Lose Weight

For people who are overweight, losing just 10 pounds can reduce cholesterol by as much as 8 percent. Eating a healthier diet will help with weight loss. Increasing physical activity will also lead to weight loss. 

In addition to cooking healthy meals, home care can also assist seniors to be more physically active. They can include them in activities that involve standing and movement, such as grocery shopping or doing laundry. In addition, they can go for walks with seniors or drive them to group exercise classes.

Quit Smoking

If your aging relative smokes, quitting can increase HDL (good) cholesterol. In addition to better cholesterol levels, they’ll receive other benefits such as lower blood pressure, better circulation, and improved lung function.

Home care can offer encouragement to older adults who are trying to quit smoking. They can also offer a distraction when the senior feels like having a cigarette, such as by involving them in a conversation or activity.

Sources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/reduce-cholesterol/art-20045935
https://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/11-tips-to-cut-your-cholesterol-fast#1

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Avenues, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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