April 6, 2020
Despite all the trend and fads, there is one diet that is always on the list of the healthiest diets - The Heart Healthy Diet. There are several different types of “heart healthy diets”, but they all contain foods that are proven to lower your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Senior nutrition for a healthy heart: the American Heart Association estimates that 66% of cardiovascular disease deaths occur in seniors 75 and older. Maintaining healthy nutrition is important for senior heart health and the prevention of senior heart disease.
Eating well is especially important for seniors who become more susceptible over time to the effects from aging and symptoms of illnesses that afflict the elderly. Seniors often battle loss of appetite, challenges in cooking healthy foods for one, and other health-related obstacles. These challenges affect their overall health and wellbeing which allows them to continue living independent lives in their own homes.
This article contains important heart health information for Toronto's seniors, including types of heart attacks and warning signs for Toronto elders and senior caregivers. According to Health Canada, Heart Disease is the number one killer in Canada.
Metabolisms change as we age. Our bodies don’t burn as many calories or function as efficiently as they once did. Unless we adjust our caloric in-take, weight can creep up. Other factors such as medications can affect weight gain also.
Among Canadians aged 6 to 79, 39% had an unhealthy level of total cholesterol. Because there are seldom signs or symptoms of high blood cholesterol, many individuals are not aware that their cholesterol level may be too high. Toronto's seniors need to know the dangers of high cholesterol and talk to their doctors about frequent cholesterol testing.
According to Heart and Stroke Foundation, more than 350,000 Canadians are hospitalized for heart disease or stroke every year. Nine in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease; that is 90% of all Canadians. If your senior or elderly loved one does experience a heart attack, there are ways to make their recovery period as comfortable as possible.