Surprising Facts and Myths About Cholesterol

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In recent years, cholesterol has become public health enemy number one for blood vessels, heart, and liver. But think about it, if it is so dangerous, then why is 80% of all cholesterol synthesized in the body? Here we have the most common myths about cholesterol.

Myth 1. High Cholesterol is not Hereditary

Reality: IT IS GENETIC.

Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic disorder that affects the liver's ability to effectively regulate the level of "bad" cholesterol, which is low-density lipoprotein (LDL). This leads to a higher total cholesterol level.

Myth 2. Cholesterol Enters the Body only from Food

Reality: WRONG.

About 80% of cholesterol production occurs in the body. Therefore, refusing to eat food containing cholesterol will give you nothing but problems. Every day, the body synthesizes approximately 1000 mg of cholesterol, which is necessary for digestion, cell development, and the production of vitamins and hormones. Cholesterol imbalance is primarily due to internal problems rather than a deficiency associated with food. One of the determining factors is — liver and kidney diseases.

An increase in cholesterol levels happens with excessive consumption of foods high in saturated fats (butter, fatty meat, eggs, cheese) and trans fats (fried foods, all fast food) in addition to abnormal liver function.

Myth 3. There’s no cure for Hypercholesterolemia

Reality: IT IS TREATABLE.

The method of treatment depends on the level of cholesterol in the blood and comorbid diseases: some people should take special drugs like statins, while others need a proper diet, rejection of bad habits and regular physical activity.

Myth 4. Exercise May Lower “Bad” Cholesterol

Reality: TRUE.

If the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and familial hypercholesterolemia is minimal, then fitness activities can help reduce the amount of "bad" cholesterol. For example, it has been proved that after three weeks of training, women with type 2 diabetes had low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels decreased by 21% and triglycerides by 18%.

However, you should not experiment with physical activity without a doctor's prescription.

Myth 5. Foods Can Lower Blood Cholesterol Levels

Reality: TRUE.

With an increased risk of developing hypercholesterolemia, it would be reasonable to limit foods containing trans fats to a minimum. Dr. Dang will provide you with a diet plan so that you could enjoy every meal without restrictions.

Myth 6. You Can Postpone Cholesterol Tests Until you are 40

Reality: WRONG.

It is necessary to control cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides from the age of 25. A sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy snacks, alcohol addiction, and smoking that damage the liver can lead to high cholesterol levels.

Commit to getting your cholesterol checked this year so you know your numbers and your risk for heart disease and stroke.

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