High cholesterol can lead to serious health issues for seniors, including heart disease. However, helping your elderly loved one maintain healthy levels may be easier than you realize. Vancouver in-home care experts recommend encouraging these simple lifestyle changes to help your loved one lower his or her cholesterol levels.
Eat Healthy Foods
Adding protein-rich plant foods like seeds, legumes, nuts, and beans to your loved one’s diet is a great way to reduce his or her cholesterol levels. These healthy foods help your loved one lower his or her LDL cholesterol, also as known as “bad” cholesterol, and can also help lower blood sugar, insulin levels, and the risk of cancer.
The levels of good HDL cholesterol in your loved one’s bloodstream will be lower as a result of smoking. Your loved one’s body needs the HDL cholesterol to remove the harmful LDL cholesterol. If your loved one quits smoking, the amount of HDL cholesterol in his or her body may increase, and his or her blood pressure may decrease as a result. Within one year of not smoking, your loved one’s risk of heart disease may be reduced by at least 50 percent.
Exercising is a great way for seniors to reduce their cholesterol levels. If your loved one is even a little bit overweight, the extra weight will increase her bad cholesterol levels. The amount of lipoprotein your loved one’s body can carry is affected by exercise. Lipoprotein is the component that carries cholesterol to the bloodstream. If your elderly loved one exercises on a regular basis, the moderate workouts will help him or her carry larger sizes of lipoprotein. Smaller sizes of this particle are known to increase LDL cholesterol levels and cause cardiovascular disease.
The more stress your loved one experiences, the more likely his or her body will produce energy in the form of metabolic fuels, which can cause his or her liver to produce more LDL cholesterol. When stress hormones produce this excess energy to fight the stressful situation, the unused energy becomes fat tissues. When unused, it converts into triglycerides, which increase the bad cholesterol in a senior’s body. Be sure your loved one remains social, gets enough sleep, and avoids stressful situations. Listening to music, meditating, and participating in fun activities can help alleviate stress.
If you loved one needs help maintaining a healthy lifestyle, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer both live-in and hourly care in Vancouver, and our caregivers can assist with regular exercise, prepare nutritious meals, and encourage other healthy habits. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our experienced Case Managers at (778) 279-3634 to schedule a free in-home consultation.