Adding Cholesterol Care to Overall Elder Care in Pineville, NC

For most of us, we have learned a great deal about cholesterol and the importance of reducing it for overall health. It is also a vital component of overall elder care as well. There are two forms of cholesterol: good and bad. While it’s important to focus on good cholesterol, bad cholesterol can lead to heart disease. For aging individuals, the risk of heart conditions certainly increases, which means that the risk of heart attack and stroke also increase, so it becomes paramount to be able to monitor their cholesterol levels and make sure that they remain within appropriate levels.

When you are providing elder care for a loved one, you will likely have a pretty good idea of what health conditions they are facing. Regardless of their overall health, be sure to talk with them and their primary care physician about their cholesterol. If they have elevated levels of cholesterol, there are steps that can be taken to help reduce it.

The first is through a change in diet. Getting rid of saturated fats in their diet is one of the best first steps to take. They should be consuming less than 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol in any given day. In order to determine what foods are best, consult with a nutritionist.

However, keep in mind that while you want to focus on reducing cholesterol, or manage it effectively for your loved one, they may be reluctant or unwilling to change their diet. There are some things that people are not willing to give up when they reach a certain age, so moving your loved one to a rice cake or tofu diet may not go over too well.

Increase their level of exercise, if possible. Even if your loved one has suffered a stroke or serious injury and has trouble moving around, they can still get a fair level of exercise, even from the comfort of their bed. Help them move around the best that they can. You want them to get their heart rate up to help reduce cholesterol levels.

An important note: make sure that you consult with their doctor before having them do any kind of physically strenuous activity. Ask the doctor when kind of exercises, if any, are appropriate and helpful for them. The last thing you want to do is cause them harm.

There are also a number of medications that can help reduce cholesterol levels, but their primary doctor would be the one to prescribe these. However, it’s a good idea to check in with the doctor and ask about this possible solution.

When you add cholesterol care to overall elder care, you can help boost their overall health and longevity.

If you or someone you know needs help with elder care in Pineville, NC contact the caregivers at Affordable HomeCare. We provide quality and affordable senior care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (704) 323-5454  for more information.

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About Ted Nagraba

I am the Owner of Affordable HomeCare of Charlotte, North Carolina. Affordable HomeCare provides an alternative to the traditional solutions of nursing homes or other retirement institutions. Now, even with physical limitations, you can live the most independent and enjoyable life possible. With our personalized live-in or hourly care, you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.