American Heart Month: What You Need to Know about “Good Fats”

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When it comes to what we eat, we’ve been warned about the dangers of foods packed with fats. However, not all fats are the same! There are certain fats, also known as “good fats” that can benefit seniors and aging adults, providing energy and protein, all while supporting the immune system.

At Home Care Assistance of Denton County, we wanted to share some information about the difference between good and bad fats, so that seniors and their caregivers can embrace a healthy diet for enhanced heart health and longevity. And with February being American Heart Month, a month dedicated to spreading awareness about heart disease, there’s no better time than today to embrace a heart healthy diet.

So why do we need fat at all? Fat provides a vital role in cell production and function. Without fat, the body would not be able to utilize fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E and K. Additionally, as a person ages, the rate at which their body heals itself greatly slows down. Fats help boost these production levels, and enable seniors to feel their best. The right kinds of fats can also help to form a protective barrier for organs, such as the kidneys, heart, intestines and other vital organs.

Good fats, also known as unsaturated fats, also offer amazing benefits to the heart. They can help to lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, thus reducing the risk for heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions. Good fats also provide seniors with a wealth of omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower elevated triglycerides – high levels of this “blood fat” can put one at risk for heart disease. Seniors can enjoy these beneficial fats by eating a diet that includes eggs, avocados, olive oil, nuts and fatty fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel.

If you have an aging parent or loved one and are concerned about their heart health, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Denton County today. While our highly trained caregivers can provide specialized Denton County stroke care that emphasizes the importance of heart-healthy living to prevent stroke recurrence, our hourly and live-in care plans also focus on the importance of eating well, exercising regularly, staying social and achieving calmness and purpose in life.

To learn more about any of our specialty care services, or live-in or hourly care in Denton County, call 972-468-6010 and speak with a friendly Care Manager. We offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations and are here to answer questions 24/7.