The month of September sparks back-to-school schedules and the autumnal equinox. Are you monitoring your and your senior parent’s health in the midst of new routines and changing seasons? September, known in the medical field as National Cholesterol Education Month, is a great month to start heart-healthy habits.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that the body produces to help generate hormones, vitamin D and substances that digest food, according to National Institutes of Health. Cholesterol travels through the body’s bloodstream in small packages called lipoproteins. Two types of lipoproteins exist – low-density lipoproteins (LDL), which relate to “bad” cholesterol because high LDL levels can create cholesterol buildup in the arteries, and high-density lipoproteins (HDL), which relate to “good” cholesterol because HDLs carry cholesterol from other parts of the body to the liver, which removes cholesterol from the body, according to National Institutes of Health.
People with high cholesterol are at a greater risk of developing coronary heart disease, also known as coronary artery disease. Seventy-one million American adults have high cholesterol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only one-third of Americans with high cholesterol have the condition “under control.” Because high cholesterol does not surface signs or symptoms, many people are unaware of their high cholesterol levels. A simple blood test can help determine your cholesterol levels – make an appointment for you and your elderly loved one to get screened this month.
Preventing and treating high cholesterol is as simple as following healthy lifestyle habits, along with following your doctor’s instructions and taking prescribed medications as directed. For some at-home remedies, try:
- Eating healthy by avoiding saturated and trans fats, increasing your fiber intake and incorporating lean proteins and fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet.
- Exercising regularly.
- Not smoking.
Are you unable to ensure that your loved one is visiting the doctor and receiving essential medical treatment? Consider connecting with Synergy HomeCare Corona/Riverside to learn about our senior care services. Our trained, compassionate caregivers can provide transportation to-and-from the doctor’s office, encourage light exercise, prepare healthy food options and conduct routine medication reminders.
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside
Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Synergy HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. Synergy HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at /agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected] .