There are a lot of myths that surround the high cholesterol health condition. These myths are passed on through TV shows, through old books, even through out-of-date biology curriculums.
Today's cutting edge health and science research has shown us that a lot of what we used to know about cholesterol simply isn't true.
Here are a few of the most common high cholesterol myths.
1.Eggs Are Bad for Your Cholesterol Levels
The health community used to recommend avoiding eggs due to their high dietary cholesterol levels. With over 200 mgs of cholesterol, it only makes sense that someone who wants to lower their cholesterol should avoid eggs - right?
Not so. Today, we know that only a tiny fraction of dietary cholesterol actually ends up in the blood stream. Eggs are actually quite a healthy source of proteins and contain twelve different kinds of vitamins and minerals. The serving size of eggs is either 2 full eggs or 3 egg whites and 1 full egg in order to get a complete protein.
It's still not good to overdo it, but eating eggs a couple of times per week won't hurt.
2. There Is an "Ideal" Cholesterol Number
People often look for a target cholesterol number, as if there were a global ideal that's right for everyone.
In reality, however, everyone's body is a bit different. A smoker's target LDL ("bad" cholesterol) levels are different than a non-smoker's. A diabetic's target levels are different than a non-diabetic's. So on and so forth.
Before you look online for "ideal" target levels, consult your doctor to get a target number tailored specifically for you.
3. Cholesterol Is Evil
Cholesterol is actually a necessary part of your body's everyday processes. Cholesterol helps line various kinds of cells in your body, including your all-important brain cells. They also help give cells more structural integrity and help produce necessary hormones for healthy living.
To make a long story short, our bodies wouldn't be able to function without cholesterol.
It's only when LDL cholesterol levels get too high that we're in trouble because of it.
4. Only the Elderly Get High Cholesterol
Another common myth is that high cholesterol is an issue mostly for the elderly.
In practice, I have seen kids as young as eight years old with high cholesterol. This tends to happen in overweight, obese or sedentary kids.
Though it's true that the rate of high cholesterol does go up with age, just because you're younger doesn't mean you're safe. Make sure to get your cholesterol count from your doctor in your annual check-up, even if you're under 30 years old.
These are a few of the most common myths that surround high cholesterol. Remember that medical information changes often as new research and data are discovered. The best source of information regarding high cholesterol should always come from a trusted doctor, rather than through friends, family or even the internet.