We all know that there are so many misconceptions and misinformation
regarding cholesterol and lowering it effectively. We hope to set some of this
imbalance and injustices right, to enable you to make some good decisions.
Ensure that you verify facts and separate truth from fiction or false claim!
MYTH # 1: I AM FIT, HEALTHY AND THERFORE DO NOT HAVE A
Living a healthy life, eating right and getting exercise is extremely important. If
you are healthy and in good condition, it does not necessarily mean that you DO
NOT have a cholesterol problem. You might have elevated levels without even
HERE ARE THE FACTS! Better to know than not to know…
You should be tested for cholesterol REGARDLESS, but also if you fall into any,
some or all of the categories below:
NOT EXERCISING: lack or no activity means your body is not getting any
chance to do what it is designed for. OUR BODIES ARE MADE FOR MOVING
AROUND! It is good for your health
GENETIC ASPECTS: History of cholesterol in the family, your genes, DNA and
genetic heritage can contribute to an increased risk.
AGE: be aware that it might increase with age naturally
GENDER: For women menopause may lead to higher levels of cholesterol due
to lower estrogen
SMOKERS: Smoking is a danger to heart health and may also direly affect
cholesterol levels and overall health and well-being
ALCOHOLIC: This could easily lead to higher triglycerides and even potential
MYTH # 2: I AM TOO YOUNG TO HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT CHOLESTEROL!
Cholesterol is complex and intricate, with lots of factors working together. Age is
not the only or main determinant of contracting this condition or not. Consider
factors like family history of heart disease, obesity, lack of exercise, and poor
eating habits may cause even young adults to develop dangerously high
cholesterol. Even kids can have/suffer from cholesterol. You can also have to much
of one, not enough of another, elevated levels you are unaware of.
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MYTH # 3: PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION FOR MY CHOLESTEROL PROBLEM
WILL TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING!
Medication is not a silver bullet, quick-fix solution. You have to also change and
adjust your lifestyle.
Drugs might also have side-effects, underlying conditions might be at play and
cause-effect type relationships like this do not really exist – it is too simplistic to
account for all aspects of cholesterol as a condition.
MYTH # 4: BUYING “LOW-FAT” AND “CHOLESTEROL-FREE” FOODS IS ALL I
REALLY HAVE TO DO TO DEAL WITH LOWERING CHOLESTEROL.
Even some of these foods, can still have a high trans and saturated fats content,
despite claims and labeling/advertising, or contain more fats than healthier food
alternatives. Educate and empower yourself, test and verify which ones are really
BETTER for you.
MYTH # 5: MARGARINE IS A LOT BETTER THAN BUTTER FOR LOWERING
All fats can contribute to raised cholesterol levels, including those found in
BOTH margarine and butter.
This one choice alone can not save you!
Eating less fats and sodium is what you really have to do.
Alternatives like natural oils (extra virgin olive oil and cooking sprays are
Choose foods consistently that are lower in trans and saturated fats.
Saturated, trans, and hydrogenated fats are ALL PRESENT in some
margarines as well – the one is not really any better than the other!
In the end it is not about a product one above the other, it is rather in the
total overall approach.