You've heard it for years at the salon, around the water cooler or when visiting relatives. "Doc says my cholesterol is high." What follows is a laundry list of sympathetic and well meaning advice. "Oh, boy, my sister has high cholesterol too" or "mine was high, but now it is under control...here is what we did to fix the problem." You may hear advice ranging from lowering fat intake to scrubbing your back with coconut oil.
Here is an article from the AARP that will help you divide truth from myth. If you feel we can help answer specific questions regarding your cholesterol or you haven't had it checked recently, give us a call and make an appointment.
Ninety-nine million Americans have high cholesterol, and most of what they know about their condition is probably wrong. We've asked medical experts to weigh in on seven common cholesterol misconceptions.
Myth: Cholesterol is badTruth: Cholesterol is like cake, good in moderation. It's misleading to call cholesterol an evil, artery-clogging fat because cholesterol performs a lot of important functions.
The waxy substance helps produce hormones, cell membranes and vitamin D, and aids in digestion. It also plays a role in cognitive function, helping to form memories. Most of the cholesterol in your bloodstream is, in fact, created by your body, not your diet.
Still, this doesn't mean you should skip fruit in favor of steak. To keep your cholesterol levels under 200 milligrams per deciliter, or mg/dL, it's essential to exercise, eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weightand quit smoking.
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