Jan 20, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Pleasanton
If your mother and father are not aware of their cholesterol levels, they may be at risk of heart disease, stroke, or even death – and the same goes for you! While this is not meant to alarm you, it is a suggestion that you all understand cholesterol and provide them with education and support necessary to remain healthy. Because over 100 million Americans live with cholesterol levels in dangerous ranges, professional home health care services in Pleasanton, CA stand at the ready to help your senior loved one understand the risks associated with high levels of cholesterol.
Cholesterol is a fat-like, waxy substance produced in the liver and also found in foods that you and your senior loved ones consume. Home health care professionals estimate that three-quarters of cholesterol found in the body is produced by the body, while the other quarter is consumed through food. However, if your senior loved one has inherited high cholesterol levels, their body may be producing more than the normal amount of cholesterol. It is also important to note that if your senior loved one has high cholesterol levels, you may have inherited them as well and may want to consider discussing this with your doctor.
A healthy amount of cholesterol is necessary and will circulate regularly in your blood stream. Cholesterol is transported by 2 different types of cholesterol carriers, called Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL) and High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL). HDL is often referred to as “good cholesterol” because it carries cholesterol from other parts of the body to the liver, where it is removed from the body. If LDL, or “bad cholesterol” levels become dangerously high, too much of this waxy fat will attempt to circulate throughout the body via the bloodstream, causing perilous blockages in veins and arteries.
While home health care professionals admit that there are no symptoms of high cholesterol, there are certain precautions your senior loved one can take to attempt to maintain healthy levels of both good and bad cholesterol. Maintaining a diet high in fiber, low in fat will reduce the risk and regular blood testing will keep these numbers under control. If needed, your parent’s doctor may prescribe medication to assist in reducing or maintaining lower cholesterol levels. Because cholesterol levels naturally elevate with age, it is crucial that your senior loved one to be in touch with their medical team about maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.