Our aging care experts at Complete Care at Home realize that it’s not always easy to make the right nutritional choices for heart health when guidelines appear to continuously be changing. We had been told that saturated fats from options including butter, red meat and fried foods were harmful and might impact a senior’s chances of developing heart complications, but later research revealed there isn’t enough proof that those who gave up these foods improved their heart health – and so we went back to our previous ways of selecting butter over margarine.
However, as outlined in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, scientists clarify that the lack of noticeable results in reducing fatty foods is likely related to equally poor dietary choices selected in the place of those fats – like refined carbs. In the study, it was noted that those who replaced fatty foods in their diet with healthier options, such as olive oil (a polyunsaturated fat) and whole grains did lower their heart disease risk up to 25%.
According to Adela Hruby, one of many researchers in this study, “We know that people don’t just drop 10% of their calories…and not replace them with other things. What they’re adding in to replace what they’re not eating is really important.”
The study, led by Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was remarkably comprehensive, monitoring the results of almost 130,000 participants of both genders over 30 years. Keeping an eye on nutritional choices and any heart-related conditions, it was determined that both women and men who ate carbohydrates instead of fatty foods were attaining a nearly equal threat of cardiovascular disease – a statistic missed in older studies that had determined there was no benefit to decreasing the level of saturated fat in a dietary plan.
Complete Care at Home is always on hand to plan and prepare heart-healthy meals that are not only nutritionally beneficial, but appetizing, helping older individuals reduce their risk for heart attacks and disease. We are able to also assist aging adults with:
- Making wise nutritional choices for heart health, and shopping for groceries so that fresh, nutritious foods are always available
- Medication reminders
- Providing encouragement to engage in doctor-approved exercise programs
- Safe transportation and accompaniment to doctor appointments as well as other outings
- And many others