High cholesterol often leads to heart disease,one of the leading causes of death in Canada, and can also result in many other health complications. Below are some simple tips to help get your elderly loved one’s cholesterol under control, brought to you by the Kitchener senior care experts at Home Care Assistance.
Eating large food portions can lead to high cholesterol, which is why your loved one should limit the amount of food he or she eats each meal. A great way to practice portion control is by having your loved one hold the food inside of his or her hand. An appropriate serving size should fit comfortably in one hand.
More Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables can help seniors maintain a healthy weight and lower their blood pressure, and the antioxidants within can lower the body’s LDL, also known as bad cholesterol. Sterols and stanols, substances found in many plant sources, can prevent the body from absorbing too much cholesterol in the intestines.
Less Carbohydrate Consumption
Even though your loved one may enjoy sweets, many are low in fiber and contain large amounts of carbohydrates, which can cause blocked arteries and blood clots that lead to strokes or heart attacks. Instead, suggest he or she eat more foods with high amounts of soluble fiber, such as kidney beans, oatmeal, apples, and prunes, as these may help block cholesterol and fats from being absorbed.
Increased Physical Activity
Being overweight can increase LDL in the blood, leading to high cholesterol and hear disease. Encourage your loved one to maintain a moderate daily exercise routine and participate in a variety of physical activities. It is best if he or she exercises four times a week for at least thirty minutes a day. Some of the best low-to-moderate activities and exercises for seniors include walking, dancing, gardening, swimming, and bicycling.
Some seniors may face challenges preventing them from getting proper exercise or implementing a healthier diet. If your loved one falls into this category, an hourly caregiver in Kitchener from Home Care Assistance may be the perfect solution. Our caregivers can provide assistance with mobility and exercise, prepare nutritious meals, and even go grocery shopping. All of our senior care services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and you’ll never be asked to sign a long-term contract. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (519) 590-2792 to schedule a free in-home consultation.