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Cholesterol Quiz

How much do you know about cholesterol? Mark each of the following statements True or False.

Cross section of healthy artery with smooth walls and arrow showing blood flow.
Blood flows freely through open arteries.

Cross section of unhealthy artery with plaque in  walls and arrow showing too much cholesterol in blood.
Too much cholesterol in the blood can cause it to build up in artery walls. This can restrict blood flow.

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1. Nothing I do can lower my cholesterol.

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2. All cholesterol in my blood is bad.

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3. Exercise can’t help me control my cholesterol.

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4. I don’t have to worry if my cholesterol is just a little high.

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5. To lower my cholesterol, I just need to stop eating eggs.

Answers

  1. FALSE. Your eating and exercise habits play a big role in controlling cholesterol. If you smoke, quitting can also help you get cholesterol under control. And your healthcare provider can prescribe medication if you need extra help.

  2. FALSE. Some cholesterol is needed for your body to work but our bodies make more than enough for this purpose. Some types of cholesterol are better for your body than others. LDL (“bad cholesterol”) carries cholesterol through the bloodstream and delivers it to the body’s cells. Too much LDL can build up in artery walls, causing narrowing of the artery. HDL (“good cholesterol”) collects excess cholesterol, including that left in artery walls. That is why higher levels of HDL are good.

  3. FALSE. Exercise increases the amount of HDL cholesterol in your bloodstream. This is good for your body and your health.

  4. FALSE. Even if your cholesterol is just a little high, you are at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke.

  5. FALSE. Egg yolks are high in cholesterol so decreasing your intake to a maximum of 1 per day is recommended. All animal products contain cholesterol. Eating foods high in cholesterol or saturated fat can raise your cholesterol level.

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Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
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