Lifestyle Disease Management

Common misconceptions about cholesterol

It’s time to take your cholesterol seriously. The major contributing factor is the amount of processed and junk food that we consume without thinking of the consequences. More importantly, most people aren’t even fully aware of what causes high cholesterol.

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Here, we look to bust a few myths about cholesterol and set the record straight.

Myth 1 – Kids don’t have to worry about high cholesterol

The truth is one should get tested for high cholesterol as early as the age of 20. Given the changing lifestyles and poor health choices, it’s even possible for children to suffer from high cholesterol. In fact, children with high cholesterol stand a higher chance of suffering from heart disease in later stages. Parents and caregivers should encourage at least 60 minutes of activity to reduce the likeliness of this happening.

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Myth 2- High cholesterol isn’t a problem for thin people

Although overweight people are more likely to have high cholesterol, the truth is that cholesterol can affect any body type. In fact, people who do not gain weight easily may not even be aware of how much of trans-fats they consume on a daily basis. This could be fatal in the long run if left unchecked.

Myth 3 – Diet and exercise control my cholesterol level

Although a healthy diet and exercise are great for maintaining a healthy body, they are not the only factors that determine your cholesterol levels. High cholesterol and heart disease can also be hereditary and may actually be in your genes. Age also plays a part, as the older you get, the more the chance of having high cholesterol.

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Myth 4 – If the food label says ‘No Cholesterol’, it’s probably good for me

Food labels are good, but you need to know what to look for. If something says ‘low-cholesterol’, it might actually be high in saturated fats or trans-fats. Actually, even a low cholesterol or low-fat product may have a higher fat content than expected. Therefore, make sure you read the fine print on the nutrition label before purchasing the product.

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So there you have it, these are just some myths we’ve helped clarify. These should help you stay on track with your health goals; it’s always important to stay vigilant and knowledgeable of all the facts.