Cholesterol problems can affect both those old and young. However, it can be especially problematic in older people. If you or a loved is experiencing high or higher than normal cholesterol numbers, this article should help you understand what it is and some tips to help manage it. As always, seek medical advice first and follow your doctor’s recommendations.
What is it?
In short, cholesterol is a substance made in the liver and is essential in normal bodily function, your blood carries cholesterol around the body. The problem is when someone has cholesterol levels higher than normal, and in the elderly, it can cause artery disease.
Many things can cause high cholesterol levels. These are some of the most common causes of high cholesterol in individuals.
- Smoking: Certain chemicals in cigarettes inhibits cholesterol from being carried throughout the body, which causes the artery to narrow.
- Weight: If you are overweight or obese, it’s harder for the body to carry cholesterol and it becomes deposited in the artery walls.
- Poor Diet: The biggest offender here is saturated fats. They will increase your chances of high cholesterol.
There a few things you can do in your day to day life to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
- Exercise: By staying active and reducing weight there is less of a chance for cholesterol build up in the arteries. Something as simple as a 30-minute walk each day should bring about improvements.
- Diet: You can exercise all you want, but if you do not improve your diet it’s useless. Take daily fibre supplements to reduce cholesterol. Add more fish to get omega 3’s in your diet. Cut out as much saturated fat as you can, use healthy oils like olive oil.
Anyone can experience high cholesterol levels, but in seniors, it is even more important to lower these levels. At Riverside Senior Living we are actively looking to improve our resident’s lives and their health.