Seniors & Cholesterol: Here’s What You Should Know
Did you know that 38% of American adults have high cholesterol? Your body already makes all
the cholesterol it needs, and consuming too much of it in your diet can harm your health.
Factors that contribute to high cholesterol include:
- Diet: Consuming too many saturated and trans-fats is the leading cause of high cholesterol.
- Weight: Being overweight tends to increase your cholesterol and risk of heart disease.
- Physical Activity: A lack of regular physical activity is directly linked to elevated blood cholesterol.
- Smoking: Smoking contributes to high cholesterol, as well as many other ailments.
A fatty diet and inactive lifestyle can cause cholesterol buildup along your artery walls, causing them to become hard and narrow, or worse – blocked. A blockage can lead to a heart attack or stroke – the two leading causes of death in the U.S. High cholesterol itself doesn’t present symptoms, so many people are unaware of the consequences until it’s too late. If you’re living with heart disease or diabetes, or you already had a heart attack, the health risks of high cholesterol are more serious.
Here are a few steps you can take to lower your cholesterol, and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and heart attack:
- Eat less saturated fat: These are commonly found in animal products like cheeses, fatty meats and various oils.
- Eat more healthy foods: Good choices include lean meats, seafood, skim or low-fat dairy, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Eat more natural fiber: These include foods such as oatmeal, beans and whole grains.
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