High cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors that can contribute to heart disease. About one-quarter of cholesterol in the body comes from diet, and the rest is produced in the liver. The cholesterol produced by the liver is linked with lipoproteins that carry it through the body with dietary cholesterol. If there is too much cholesterol in the body, it can build up in the arteries and prevent blood from reaching the heart.
Many people develop high cholesterol as they get older. A person’s goal should be to keep the level of LDL, or “bad cholesterol,” down and to keep the level of HDL, or “good cholesterol,” up. This can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Other factors, such as age, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, and family history, can increase an individual’s risk of developing heart disease.
How a Caregiver Can Help Seniors Manage Cholesterol
If you are concerned about your loved one’s cholesterol, a caregiver from Dependable Care can help. We have helped many seniors all over Connecticut maintain a healthy lifestyle through a combination of nutrition and exercise.
Eating healthy meals can help control cholesterol. A caregiver can make sure your family member is eating a healthy diet with meals filled with vegetables and fruit and help your loved one avoid processed foods that are high in saturated and trans fats.
Exercise is another key to controlling cholesterol. A caregiver can accompany your loved one on walks or drive him or her to a park or an exercise class. Regular physical activity has been shown to improve cardiovascular health, while a sedentary lifestyle can be detrimental to seniors’ health.
Some seniors take medication to control their cholesterol. If you are concerned that your loved one may not be taking his or her medication as prescribed because of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, a caregiver from Dependable Care can provide reminders and make sure your family member takes the right dose at the right time.
Contact Dependable Care to Find the Right Caregiver for Your Loved One
Controlling cholesterol is important to maintain a healthy heart. If you are concerned about your loved one’s cholesterol, a caregiver from Dependable Care can make sure he or she is eating healthy foods, getting plenty of exercise, and taking medication as prescribed. Contact Dependable Care today so we can match your family member with the right caregiver.