As we age, our cholesterol is something we need to start paying attention to. Cholesterol is a fat-like compound that is found in all cells of the body. It is necessary for the body to perform various functions, but your liver produces all the cholesterol it needs. Additional cholesterol, called low-density lipoprotein (LDL), is bad cholesterol that enters your bloodstream from the foods you eat.
Having too much cholesterol in your blood poses many health threats, including heart disease and clogged arteries. Individuals who are 65 years and older are at high risk of having unhealthy cholesterol levels. It is important to keep this in mind and do what we can to avoid such health problems. Here are some ways to avoid bad cholesterol in older adults:
There are many benefits of physical activity for older adults, including the reduction of LDL cholesterol. Consider mobility limitations and decide what type of exercise is right for you or your loved one. Walking, gardening, climbing stairs and light weightlifting are all great fitness options.
Another major component to healthy cholesterol is diet. 25% of blood cholesterol comes from the foods we eat, so be sure to load up your plates with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Processed foods and foods that are high in fat are known to raise LDL cholesterol levels. Check out our nutrition tips for older adults for more information.
Research has shown that older adults who are experiencing depression or isolation have a higher risk of unhealthy cholesterol. This could be linked to the affect that depression has on a person’s diet and activity levels. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of elderly depression, try spending time outdoors, getting active and visiting family.
In order to live a healthy life, paying attention to our bodies as we age is crucial. At The Oscar and Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living, we have a dietician that reviews menus and works with residents that have special dietary needs. We also have a schedule full of fun activities to increase social interaction and to get exercise. For more information, contact us at (732) 568-1155, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at www.wilfcampus.org.