Debunking Cholesterol Myths

Myth #1: Slim People are Healthy

While overweight people are more at risk of high cholesterol, people who look slim but have unhealthy lifestyles are still vulnerable to getting high blood cholesterol that puts them at a higher risk of heart disease. For instance, British researchers from Brunel University measured the levels of bad cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein (LDL), in three groups of people — lean people who exercised, and sedentary lean and obese people. They found lean exercisers had good LDL levels, but those in lean and obese non-exercisers were higher and similar. The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity.

Myth #2: No Symptoms, No Worries

There are no warning signs to show that you have high blood cholesterol. The only way to find out is through a blood test.

Myth #3: It’s Only An Issue For Men

Anyone can get high cholesterol. In fact, a study published last year in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that cholesterol levels increase substantially as women approach menopause. The research is part of the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation which includes substantial numbers of African-American, Hispanic and Asian- American women from across the United States.

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