Take this fast easy quiz
and test your cholesterol knowledge. The quiz is just 6
questions and each question is True or False..
|1. I already
have heart disease. It is too late to reduce my risk for further
False. No, it's not too late to
help your heart. In fact, because you already have heart disease,
you should pay even more attention to your cholesterol level,
because you stand to benefit even more. If you lower your blood
cholesterol level, you can reduce your risk of a future heart
attack and other complications and could actually prolong your
|2. My last
cholesterol level was within my goal. This means I do not have to
worry about my cholesterol anymore.
High cholesterol and heart disease are not cured but are only
controlled by diet and drug therapy. Stopping your treatment
quickly returns your cholesterol to the level that existed before
the therapy was started.
less saturated fat is the best dietary change I can make to lower
my blood cholesterol.
Saturated fat raises your blood cholesterol more than anything
else you eat. It is found in the greatest amounts in foods from
animals, such as fatty cuts of meat, poultry with skin, whole-milk
dairy products, lard, and in some vegetable oils like coconut,
palm kernel and palm oils. The best way to reduce your
blood cholesterol level is to choose foods low in saturated fat.
One way to do this is by choosing foods such as fruit,
vegetables, and whole grain foods naturally low in saturated fat
and fat and high in starch and fiber.
|4. I should
avoid all fat.
Your body needs fat for a variety of functions. Not all
dietary fat is bad. However, it is true that some fats are better
than others. If you don't already use oil or butter on foods,
there is no reason to start. However, if you do add fats to your
diet, look for fats and oils that are unsaturated -- either
polyunsaturated (safflower, sunflower, corn, and soybean oils)
or monounsaturated (olive and canola oils). Unsaturated
fats help to lower blood cholesterol when they are substituted for
saturated fat. Just be sure to limit the total amount of fats
or oils, since even those that are unsaturated are a
rich source of calories.
weight if I am overweight will help me to lower my blood
If you are overweight, losing even a little weight can help to
lower LDL-cholesterol. Two steps are key to weight loss:
a.) eat fewer calories (cutting back on fat will really help) and
b.) use more calories by becoming more physically active.
can improve blood cholesterol level.
Regular physical activity may reduce complications from heart
disease by: lowering LDL levels, raising HDL levels,
lowering blood pressure, lowering triglyceride levels, reducing
excess weight, and improving the fitness of your heart and lungs.
If you have heart disease, talk
with your doctor before starting an activity to be sure you are
following a safe program that works for you.