If your loved one’s doctor has warned her that her cholesterol is too high, it’s time to do something about it. The first thing to do is to try to figure out what is contributing to the high cholesterol so that you can start to do something about it.
If your elderly loved one has family members who have a history of high cholesterol, then your loved one may be more likely to have high cholesterol as well. Unfortunately, hereditary high cholesterol is not something that you or your loved one can do much about. That may mean that she has to double down on lifestyle changes in order to make a difference in her cholesterol levels.
A Poor Diet
Food can absolutely be medicine for anyone, including your elderly loved one. Talk to her doctor about the right foods for her to be eating in order to manage her high cholesterol. You might even want to work with a nutritionist or a dietician in order to get the best possible results from changing your loved one’s diet.
Lack of Exercise
Adding even a little bit of extra movement into your loved one’s daily routine can help quite a bit when it comes to high cholesterol levels. Always be sure to talk to your loved one’s doctor before starting any exercise plan, though. This helps you to find a plan that is tailored to your loved one’s ability and current health so that she’s not overdoing it.
Smoking causes a lot of damage to your loved one’s lungs and heart, but it can also increase problems with high cholesterol. If your loved one smokes, her HDL or good cholesterol levels are likely to be lower. Smoking can also increase her risk of developing blood clots, which can be extremely dangerous. Talk to your loved one’s doctor for advice on helping her to quit smoking for good.
Once you have a plan in place, you and the other people in your loved one’s life can get started implementing it. Make sure you let new people, such as senior care providers, know the details so they can help your loved one, too.
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