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Health Minute Talks About Cholesterol Awareness

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  Original Published: 9/29/2013

September is Cholesterol Awareness Month. Think you have all the facts when it comes to cholesterol and what it means to your heart health? Test your knowledge with this quiz. Here's Holly Firfer with today's Health Minute. Betty Stephens knows keeping her cholesterol in check is part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. "It gives you a real high to know you're doing the right thing," she says. So how's your cholesterol IQ. Take this short quiz and find out. Here goes. True or false? First: What about this statement: "Children cannot have high cholesterol>" The answer - it's false. "More and more we're seeing children being affected by things like having high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even diabetes," says Dr, Jyoti Sharma, a cardiologist at Piedmont Heart. "And, that's usually due to things like a lack of exercise or a poor diet." OK, so how about this? "All cholesterol is bad." The answer - again, false. "We have both good and bad cholesterol in our body," says Dr. Sharma. "The good cholesterol, called HDL, is that level is very high, can actually help protect against things like having a heart attack. One of the things you can do to get HDL is work out." Finally, "You don't need a cholesterol screenng until your middle-aged." "That is not true," says Dr. Sharma. "Current national guidelines suggest everyone get a baseline cholesterol checked when you're 20 years-old." The good news is cholesterol is one risk factor for heart disease that can be controlled.

   
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