Senior Care in Paradise Valley AZ
One issues that many family caregivers for elderly adults face during their senior care plan is high cholesterol. This common health concern can contribute to the development or worsening of a wide variety of serious health consequences, but fortunately it is manageable through lifestyle changes and other treatments. This September, empower yourself as your parents’ caregiver by learning as much as you can about cholesterol, high cholesterol, and the health risks associated with this issue, as well as what you can do to make sure that your parents continue to stay healthy and live the highest quality of life possible.
It is important to realize that cholesterol is something that your body creates naturally and that it needs. This waxy substance provides a variety of essential functions including building, maintaining, and protecting healthy cell membranes, processing vitamins, and building hormones. Too much of this substance, however, can create serious issues.
Some things you should know about cholesterol and the role it can plan in your senior care plan include:
• Just under 32 percent of the adult population of the United States, approximately 73.5 million people, have high levels of LDL, low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol;
• Less than 30 percent of those who have these high levels of bad cholesterol actually have their high cholesterol condition properly managed and under control;
• Less than half of those adults with these high levels of bad cholesterol are under any type of medical treatment or regularly follow their treatment guidelines in order to lower these levels;
• Having high total cholesterol levels puts a person at more than twice the risk of developing heart disease as compared to those who have ideal levels of cholesterol;
• Adults should have their cholesterol checked at least every 5 years;
• There are some risk factors for high cholesterol that people have no control over, including age, sex, and ethnicity, but others can be controlled.
Fortunately, rates of people with high cholesterol and the serious health consequences associated with these high levels are improving. The percentage of American adults with high levels of bad cholesterol has gone down in the last several years, and the percentage of American adults who seek out and follow treatments for their cholesterol has increased.
There are many ways that you and your aging loved ones’ senior health care services provider can help your parents maintain healthier cholesterol levels, including:
• Stay active. Regular physical exercise is vital to maintaining overall physical health and keeping cholesterol under control. Encourage your seniors and their care provider to engage in moderate exercise for at least 2 and half hours every week;
• Maintain a healthy diet. What you eat makes a tremendous impact on your cholesterol levels. Avoid foods that are high in trans fats and saturated fats, while focusing on polyunsaturated fats. Increasing the amount of dietary fiber in your parents’ diet can reduce cholesterol;
• Stop smoking. If your aging parents smoke, encourage them to stop as quickly as possible as smoking can not only contribute to high cholesterol but put adults at even higher risk of heart disease.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Paradise Valley, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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