Cholesterol: Why Is It a Silent Killer

Cholesterol: Why Is It a Silent Killer

Cholesterol is a waxy substance in our blood that is necessary for producing certain hormones, vitamin D, digestive enzymes, and more. The liver naturally produces cholesterol to protect our nerves. But, we can also get cholesterol from foods like egg yolks, full-fat dairy, red meat, and bacon.

There are two types of cholesterol: bad cholesterol and good cholesterol. Bad cholesterol is also known as LDL or low-density lipoproteins. When LDL levels rise, it builds up cholesterol in your arteries. On the other hand, good cholesterol or HDL, high-density lipoproteins, carries cholesterol from the other parts of your body back to the liver to be removed.

But, did you know that aside from hypertension, cholesterol is also a silent killer?

According to a study, high levels of cholesterol lead to heart attacks and stroke. This is because we often don’t know that we have high cholesterol until we undergo a blood test or have a heart attack.

Seniors are prone to high cholesterol, and some of the reasons are age and gender. As we age, our cholesterol levels start to rise. But for women, after their menopausal age, the levels of bad cholesterol in their body increase.

As such, seniors with high cholesterol need to maintain a healthy lifestyle along with medications. However, due to old age or other health issues, they may have a hard time remembering their medications and preparing healthy foods. AT-HOME CARE SERVICES provide excellent home care services in West Hartford, Connecticut, to cater to the unique needs of our patients.

We have a trained personal care assistant in Connecticut. They can help with medication reminders and meal preparation, ensuring your overall health and well-being.

We also have homemaker services in Connecticut to guarantee the cleanliness of your home.

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