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Cholesterol – Test Your Knowledge


Answer "true" or "false" to the following questions. Then read your answers to find out how much you know about cholesterol.

1. Elevated cholesterol levels cannot increase your risk of developing heart disease.

True   False

Sorry. The correct answer is "false." Elevated cholesterol levels are one of the top risk factors for developing heart disease, the leading killer of men and women in the United States.

Congratulations! This is the right answer. Elevated cholesterol levels are one of the top risk factors for developing heart disease, the leading killer of men and women in the United States.

2. A total cholesterol level of less than 200 mg/dl is desirable.

True   False

That's right! A total cholesterol level below 200 mg/dl is desirable. Cholesterol levels between 200 mg/dl and 239 mg/dl are considered borderline, and cholesterol levels of 240 mg/dl and above are considered high.

Sorry. The correct answer is "true." A total cholesterol level below 200 mg/hl is desirable. Cholesterol levels between 200 mg/dl and 239 mg/dl are considered borderline and cholesterol levels of 240 mg/dl and above are considered high.

3. Eating saturated fat is what raises cholesterol levels the most.

True   False

Congratulations! Your answer is right. Reducing your intake of saturated fat is the single most important dietary step in lowering cholesterol.

Sorry. The correct answer is "true." Reducing your intake of saturated fat is the single most important dietary step in lowering cholesterol.

4. Elevated cholesterol levels are always treated with medication.

True   False

Sorry. The correct answer is "false." Medications are not always necessary to treat high cholesterol levels. Many times, diet modifications, increased physical activity and weight loss may be all that is needed to lower your cholesterol. Your physician can best determine which course of treatment is right for you.

You are right. Medications are not always necessary to treat high cholesterol levels. Many times, diet modifications, increased physical activity and weight loss may be all that is needed to lower your cholesterol. Your physician can best determine which course of treatment is right for you.

5. Cholesterol is found only in animal tissues.

True   False

Your answer is right. Cholesterol is found only in animal tissues. Higher amounts occur in meat, egg yolks, dairy products and shellfish.

Sorry. The correct answer is "true." Cholesterol is found only in animal tissues. Higher amounts occur in meat, egg yolks, dairy products and shellfish.

6. HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein cholesterol) is considered the good cholesterol.

True   False

You are right. HDL, or good cholesterol, assists in removing LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein), or bad cholesterol, away from the arterial walls so it can return to the liver for excretion. Desirable levels for HDL cholesterol is above 40mg/dl. The higher the HDL cholesterol levels, the better.

Sorry. Your answer is incorrect. HDL, or good cholesterol, assists in removing LDL (low-density lipids), or bad cholesterol, away from the arterial walls so it can return to the liver for excretion. Desirable levels for HDL\'s are above 35mg/dl. The higher the HDL levels, the better.

7. The American Heart Association recommends dietary intake of eggs be limited.

True   False

Congratulations! You answered correctly. Eggs are one food that is especially high in cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommendations allow most people to eat up to four eggs per week. People with elevated cholesterol, an inherited lipid disorder or heart disease are advised to limit their intake of eggs to two per week.

Sorry. The correct answer is "true." Eggs are one food that is especially high in cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommendations allow most people to eat up to four eggs per week. People with elevated cholesterol, an inherited lipid disorder or heart disease are advised to limit their intake of eggs to two per week.

Sources

American Heart Association – Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update for 2002
National Cholesterol Education Program. National Institutes of Health