Cholesterol has become the dreaded word because of the media hype about it. But do you know what’s fact and myth?

Below are things you need to know about cholesterol:

1. High Cholesterol Doesn’t Always Equal Heart Disease.

High cholesterol is just one of the factors that will determine if you will have heart disease. Genetics will determine whether plague builds up in the arteries or if you will develop heart disease. Also your gender, diet, age and overall health and fitness are important factors to consider.

That is why it is recommended that you get tested at least once every 5 years to be safe.

2. Cholesterol is Important for Good Health.

Cholesterol is important for cell function and it makes up every cell in the body. It helps create everything from your membranes to your hormones.

As long as your cholesterol levels are within range there’s nothing to worry about. Always remember the keyword that the media and doctors warned you about, “high cholesterol”.

3. Cholesterol Levels Increase as You Age.

Cholesterol increases naturally as you get older, this is especially true for women. Scientist have attributed this to lack of estrogen, since women when they are in their 70’s to 80’s have a higher cholesterol than men.

4. High Cholesterol can be a Symptom of Other Health Problems.

Having high cholesterol can be a symptom of other health problems. However, if you have high cholesterol, you should not start dieting right away. Your cholesterol is high for a reason and it may have something to do with inflammation within your body. You should consult a doctor about it.

5. Fasting May Not Be Necessary Before Having Your Cholesterol Levels Checked.

Some experts said that fasting before having your cholesterol levels checked will give a false indication of your everyday health. However, others are saying that it’s better to fast before a doctor’s appointment so your early lunch will not affect the numbers.

It’s important to talk to your doctor to know if you should skip breakfast before your tests.

6. Cholesterol-free Foods Can Raise Your Cholesterol.

Doctors said that this is the biggest misconception among their patients. Trans fat, dairy fats and saturated fats all turn into cholesterol once it enters your body. So if a product lowers its cholesterol levels by upping the fats, it’s still not good for you.

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