Some cholesterol is good for adults, but it’s the LDL cholesterol levels that doctors recommend remain at lower levels. It’s the LDL cholesterol that creates the fatty deposits that build up in arteries and increases the risk of strokes and heart attack.
If your mom or dad has high LDL levels, it’s likely that his or her doctor prescribes cholesterol medications and suggests dietary changes. Here are some of the foods that help lower bad cholesterol levels.
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats that boost HDL levels. Avocados are creamy and don’t have an overpowering flavor, so you can spread the avocado on multigrain toast for your mom or dad each morning. It’s also great added to sandwiches, salads, or in dips like guacamole.
One of three items on the list that are high in soluble fiber, dried beans also digest slowly, so your mom or dad will feel fuller for a longer time. Dried beans are affordable and versatile. You can use them in chili, salads, soups, and stews. Lentils are great in curries, and mashed chickpeas make excellent veggie burgers.
Fish High in Omega-4 Fats
Fatty fish that have increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids help boost good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Because your mom or dad is swapping out a meat with fish, it helps reduce the LDL cholesterol intake. Good options for fatty fish are herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna.
Oats are very high in soluble fiber. The fiber helps keep some of the LDL cholesterol from entering your bloodstream. It’s best to keep steel cut oats on hand, but rolled oats will also benefit your mom or dad. If they don’t have time to cook oats each morning, that’s okay. Look online for recipes for overnight oats. The oats soak up milk overnight, so it’s ready for your mom or dad to eat when they get up.
Instead of white rice, switch your parent to whole grains like barley, bulgur, or quinoa. These grains are high in soluble fiber, which makes them as good as oats. They’re also versatile, so you can use them as a side dish, in salads, or even in one-pot dishes like Jambalaya.
Does your mom or dad forget to take medications on time? Bring in caregivers from an elderly care agency. Elderly care specialists offer a range of services designed to help your parent age in place. From meal preparation to medication reminders, you’ll know your parent is getting help around the home when
you can’t be there.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Ewing, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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