The pandemic has altered many things, from social gatherings and travel to book clubs and lunch dates with friends. While these unplanned and dramatic changes to life as we know it may cause some uncertainty and anxiety, it’s helpful to look for the silver lining in the situation: newfound time to focus on ways to live with and manage high cholesterol.
All too often, it’s easy to neglect making healthy choices to manage and control cholesterol. Because the pandemic has forced people to slow down, now is the perfect time to implement some lifestyle changes that can make a real impact on long-term health and reduce the risk for heart disease and heart attacks.
Eat heart-healthy foods.
Even minor changes in diet can have a significant impact on heart health.
Beyond helping to raise HDL cholesterol, there are many great benefits to regular exercise such as:
With doctor approval, it’s recommended to work up to at least 30 minutes of exercise five times per week.
Consume alcohol in moderation.
Some research studies point to increased levels of HDL cholesterol with moderate alcohol use. For healthy adults this translates to:
Too much alcohol can lead to serious health problems such as strokes, high blood pressure, and heart failure, so it’s important to use alcohol in moderation.
Quit or never start smoking.
Quitting smoking improves HDL cholesterol levels and provides benefits quickly:
At Visiting Care Giving Services, our team of highly-trained caregivers can help ensure a senior you love is prioritizing healthy lifestyle choices to manage high cholesterol and reduce the risk for heart disease and heart attacks. Our elder care services in St. Charles can help with:
Reach out to us today at (636) 493-9058 to schedule a free in-home consultation and to learn more about the elder care services St. Charles families trust. To see if we provide services in your community, please visit our Service Area page.