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High Cholesterol

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What Is High Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. With high cholesterol, you can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits grow, making it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries. Sometimes, those deposits can break suddenly and form a clot that causes a heart attack or stroke.

High cholesterol can be inherited, but it's often the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices, which make it preventable and treatable. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sometimes medication can help reduce high cholesterol.

What can you do at home for high cholesterol?

  1. Focus on Monounsaturated Fats ex (olive oil, canola oil, avocados, tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and cashews)
  2. Use Polyunsaturated Fats, Especially Omega-3s.
  3. Avoid Trans Fats.
  4. Eat Soluble Fiber.
  5. Exercise.
  6. Lose Weight.
  7. Don't Smoke.
  8. Use Alcohol in Moderation.

How can we help our clients with high cholesterol?

An in-home health aid can make sure that your family member is consuming the appropriate diet and staying on top of the medications prescribe by their doctor.

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