Study Shows Activity Could Keep Cholesterol at Bay


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“I retired at age 50 to look after my parents, who died in their 80s last year. Both had problems with cholesterol, which I want to avoid. I know heredity is a factor when it comes to high cholesterol, so I’ve always tried to stay active and so far, so good. (I am now 55). Because their care took so much time, however, I’m now struggling to fill my days and to make good lifestyle choices. Any suggestions?”

Based on recent research, you might consider joining a gym or, at the very least, hitting the walking trail. (Make sure your doctor says you are fit for exercise before you do.)

A recent study says that men who have just higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness may delay by up to 15 years increases in blood cholesterol levels that commonly occur with aging, according to new research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Cardiorespiratory fitness is generally defined as the body’s ability to supply oxygen to the muscles during exercise and the muscles ability to use that oxygen. It is improved through exercise or physical activity and has been proven by experts to help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases while helping to improve heart and lung functions.

It is reportedly common for cholesterol levels to rise until around middle age and then to decrease. Previous studies have found that unfavorable levels of cholesterol are important risk factors for chronic heart disease.

While test results were based on a younger demographic than you represent, the results were dramatic. Men with lower cardiorespiratory fitness had a higher risk of developing high cholesterol in their early 30s while men with high fitness did not see this development until their mid-40s.

Additionally, men with low cardiorespiratory fitness reached abnormal HDL and non-HDL cholesterol levels around their early 20s and mid-30s, respectively, while those with higher fitness saw normal amounts for their entire lifespan.

Exercise may be the key to keeping your cholesterol at bay. Do you have any friends who would enjoy exercising with you? Also, since you are at loose ends, have you considered putting your caregiving experience to work?

Contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office to learn whether a CAREGiver career​ might interest you!

For more information about your local Home Instead Senior Care office, contact us at 419-472-8181 or go to HomeInstead.com. To learn more about this study, visit http://content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleID=2290814.

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