Is Mother (99) putting herself at risk of high cholesterol?

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At age 99 she should eat whatever pleases her and not be concerned about her cholesterol one little bit.

In the final year of my grandmother's life, at age 93, she was diabetic and living in a nursing home. Every week I'd take her a hot fudge sundae which she loved. The nurse saw me one time and reminded me that my grandma shouldn't be eating things like that but I figured that at age 93 she could eat whatever she wanted and what she wanted was hot fudge sundaes. She had already lost so much: her independence, her health, her mind. I would have tried to have given her just about anything she wanted at that point if it would make her happy.
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At age 99, I think I would trust her judgment about what she eats. She's doing something right.

My philosophy with seniors, is that they should eat what they want. Granted, you have to be more careful if you have diabetes, but, for the most part, life should be enjoyed at that stage without a lot of worry over diet. I've discussed with the doctors and they agree.
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I'd have thought constipation was a more immediate worry. But if she's enjoying it, and it's not cementing her bowels, let her have what she likes for breakfast - nice to see a lady of her age with such a good appetite!

By the way, cholesterol doesn't work like that. All fats you eat are broken down in the gut and then their component parts absorbed and stored. The cholesterol that gets into your bloodstream is manufactured in your liver, so it's not like the cholesterol content in the eggs will be sneaking into her coronary arteries. Plus the eggs will contain all kinds of useful vitamins, trace elements and protein: they're a terrific food source.
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It takes years and years for the effects of our lifestyle choices to cause health concerns. If she has spent a lifetime eating an unhealthy diet then at 99 the effects are already present, if she has not then gorging on eggs or any other "unhealthy" choices are not going to cause any sudden changes. You are worried it will shorten her life?! Let her have what she wants.
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Stop worrying about the cholesterol - too late for that now and she has made it to 99 so she must be doing something right. You would be more worried if she was not eating at all. Accept reality and enjoy her while she is still here.
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Eggs and their negitive effects are a bit of an urban legend- kinda like a single woman in her late 30's is more likely to be killed by terrorist than finding a husband. The body needs a certain amount of cholesterol. In some medical schools of thought it is believed that if you aren't providing some cholesterol by way of eating, the body will go into overdrive and start producing too much on its own. Although, I imagine at 99 your loved ones body isn't going into overdrive on anything any longer. Many years ago when eggs first started getting their bad reputation my father cut out his couple of times a week fried egg breakfasts. At the time his cholesterol was fine but he wanted super fine. Guess what? My dads cholesterol jumped and he was on meds for it for the rest of his life. Eggs are one of natures almost perfect foods - as long as they are eaten in a reasonable amount, their benefits outweigh the risk. Time for the egg to be vindicated!
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I remember my parent's grocery list, about 75% of the items were cupcakes, pies, cookies, Little Debbie products, ice cream, etc. I began to worry, but I realized my parents were in their mid to late 90's, so apparently they were doing something right with their eating habits :)
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Maybe. So what? She is going to die within the next few years. Will it matter at all what her cholesterol level is then?
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