So, you think you know all there is to know about cholesterol? In fact, it isn’t news to you that all cholesterol itself isn’t bad and that cholesterol is just one of the many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy. We would be just wasting your time to tell you that there is “good” and “bad” cholesterol and how important it is to understand the difference. Let’s put that knowledge to a test. Below is a pop quiz on some basic facts about cholesterol. Take the quiz and see how much you really know about cholesterol.
1. Nothing I do can lower my cholesterol.
2. All cholesterol in my blood is bad.
3. Exercise cannot help me control my cholesterol.
4. I do not have to worry if my cholesterol is just a little high.
5. To lower my cholesterol, I just need to stop eating eggs.
FALSE – Your eating and exercise habits play a big role in controlling cholesterol. If you smoke, quitting can also help you get cholesterol under control. In addition, your doctor can prescribe medication if you need extra help.
FALSE – Some cholesterol is needed for your body to work. In addition, some types of cholesterol are better for your body than others.
FALSE – Exercise increases the amount of HDL (“good”) cholesterol in your bloodstream. This is good for your body and your health.
FALSE – Even if your cholesterol is just a little high, you are at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke.
FALSE – Egg yolks are high in cholesterol, but all animal products contain cholesterol. Eating foods high in cholesterol or saturated fat can raise your cholesterol level.
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