As you have probably noticed, there is no shortage of discussion about high cholesterol on the internet. But how much of it is true, and how much is false? Let’s dispel some common myths about cholesterol.
Myth: All fat is bad because it increases cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
.Truth: Some fats are bad, while others are good!
Myth: Eating egg yolks and shellfish will raise cholesterol levels.
.Truth: How much cholesterol you ingest has little effect on blood cholesterol levels for most people. Even if you are a “hyper responder”, eating cholesterol will raise both LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol), but will not affect the risk for heart disease.
Myth: All LDL particles are equally dangerous.
Truth: In fact, the size of LDL particles affects how much damage they do to your arteries. The smaller they are, the more damage they cause.
Myth: Food is heart healthy if it has 0 mg of cholesterol.
Truth: Cholesterol is made from saturated or trans-fats. If a food is high in either of these, it may increase blood cholesterol levels even if the food itself does not contain cholesterol.
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Myth: Cholesterol is always bad.
Truth: All cells need cholesterol in their cell walls. It is the amount of blood cholesterol and the amount of each type of cholesterol transport that makes it good or bad.
Myth: High cholesterol is strictly a “middle-age” problem.
Truth: If a child is obese, has hypertension, or has a family history of heart disease, he/she should have cholesterol levels tested – even as young as two years old according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Myth: There are no symptoms of high cholesterol.
Truth: This myth is actually true for most people! However, some people who have diabetes or an inherited condition called familial hypercholesterolemia and who have high cholesterol develop yellowish-red bumps called xanthomas. These can occur on the eyelids, joints, hands, or other parts of the body. Not having xanthomas does not mean that your cholesterol levels are acceptable. The only way to determine if you have high cholesterol is to have a blood cholesterol test.
Myth: Medication is the only way to control my cholesterol levels.
Truth: Cholesterol levels can also be controlled through diet and lifestyle changes.
Myth: Taking cholesterol reducing medication is harmless.
Truth: Aside from the cost, cholesterol reducing medication comes with a host of side effects.
Myth: Good things never happen to good people.
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