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Ten Misconceptions About Cholesterol You May Not Know

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These are 10 common misconceptions that everyone still think about when mentioning cholesterol:

1.        High cholesterol is genetic and you can’t do anything to change it

While genetics plays an important role, selecting a diet has a significant impact on cholesterol level. If your family has high cholesterol genetic factors, you must take preventive steps and more active to keep your cholesterol level in normal.

2.        Cholesterol can just be lowered by using drugs

When you know that you have high cholesterol, finding out the cause is very important. If you know how to repair these causes, your cholesterol level will return to normal. The causes that can lead to high cholesterol include poor diet, lack of exercise, infection and stress.

3.        Children can’t have high cholesterol

The researches show that atherosclerosis and the narrowing of arteries lead to heart attacked. This condition can occur when the children are eight years old. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we should check cholesterol level for overweight children or children from families that have the history of heart disease since they are two years old.

Children who are diagnosed to have high cholesterol should have a diet limited saturated fat; besides, we should also encourage them to exercise more.

4.        Cholesterol is always “bad”

When talking about cholesterol, most people think that it is something bad. The reality is much more complex. High cholesterol amount can be dangerous, but cholesterol itself is necessary for various metabolic processes in the body.

The role of cholesterol in heart disease is often misunderstood. Cholesterol is transported in the blood by the low-density and high-density lipoproteins (LDL and HDL).  LDL is known as bad cholesterol and it may be the cause of atherosclerosis.

Description: Cholesterol is transported in the blood by the low-density and high-density lipoproteins (LDL and HDL)

Cholesterol is transported in the blood by the low-density and high-density lipoproteins (LDL and HDL)

5.        Low cholesterol is always a sign of good health

Although your body has low bad cholesterol (LDL) level, you may still be healthy. However, a new research of American found that people who had cancer often have lower LDL cholesterol level than those who did not have cancer.

People who have low cholesterol amount in the blood also easily have different infections and may die by infection. 

6.        There are no obvious symptoms of high cholesterol

Some people have high cholesterol that may develop into yellow tumor, also known as xanthoma. This disease can occur on the eyelids, joints, hands or other parts of the body. People who have diabetes or a genetic disease of high cholesterol may have xanthoma.

You’d better check your cholesterol level every three years or more frequently, starting at twenty years old to ensure your health.

7.        High cholesterol is not a problem for thin people

Although you are thin, overweight or normal, you should check your cholesterol regularly. While people who are overweight often have high cholesterol by eating too many fatty foods, thin people also need to be aware of how much they eat saturated fat.

Description: High cholesterol is not a problem for thin people

High cholesterol is not a problem for thin people

8.        Using margarine helps reduce cholesterol

Margarine and butter both have much fat and you should eat all fatty foods in moderation if you have high cholesterol. Most of margarines contain saturated fat; a factor also contributing to increasing the concentration of cholesterol. You’d better choose a kind of liquid vegetables oil that does not contain any trans fatty acid (hydrogenated vegetables oil).

Description: Butter

Butter

9.        You do not need to check your cholesterol until you are middle-aged

Even children, especially those whose families have a history of heart disease, may have high cholesterol. Checking cholesterol at an early age is an entirely good thing.

10.     All cholesterol comes from foods

Most of cholesterol in your body is created by natural metabolic processes of the body, not from foods you eat every day.

 

 

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