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Cholesterol Check

Do you know good cholesterol from bad? What about the worst foods for high cholesterol? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How much of your body's cholesterol comes from the food you eat?

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The correct answer is: Only about 25 percent of cholesterol comes from food. The rest comes from your body, which produces more than enough cholesterol on its own to stay healthy. Most Americans eat far too much cholesterol and fat, which can raise blood cholesterol levels and lead to heart disease.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Cholesterol is best controlled by diet changes alone.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A study in The New England Journal of Medicine reported that those who exercised in addition to changing their diet showed greater reductions in their "bad" cholesterol than those who only modified their diet.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which is considered the "bad" type of cholesterol?

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The correct answer is: LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, or "bad" cholesterol, carries mostly fat and only a small amount of protein from the liver to other parts of the body. Because it can cause hardening of the arteries, a high LDL cholesterol level can up your risk for heart disease.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How much dietary cholesterol should most people consume each day?

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The correct answer is: The American Heart Association recommends limiting dietary cholesterol to 300 mg a day for most people, and 200 mg a day for people with existing heart disease or high LDL.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating eggs for breakfast is bad for your cholesterol.

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The correct answer is: This is false. An egg a day is OK as long as you watch what else you eat. One egg has about 213 mg of cholesterol. Since the recommended limit is 300 mg a day for most people, you may need to cut back on cholesterol from other foods throughout the day.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Butter, ice cream, cheese and coconut oil all contain what?

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The correct answer is: All of these foods have saturated fat, the biggest dietary cause of high LDL "bad" cholesterol levels. In fact, eating too much saturated fat and total fat has more influence on raising your blood cholesterol than eating too much cholesterol does.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Doughnuts, chips, margarine and French fries usually contain what?

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The correct answer is: Trans fats increase the shelf life and improve the taste and texture of baked commercial foods. Trans fats are similar in structure to saturated fats and also raise levels of LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol. Many products are now trans fat free, but read labels carefully to be sure.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

"Cholesterol free" on a label means that a food has…

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The correct answer is: "Cholesterol free" means that the food must contain fewer than 2 milligrams of cholesterol and 2 grams or less of saturated fat per serving. Just because a food claims to be cholesterol free does not mean it is fat free.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of the following steps can lower your LDL, or "bad" cholesterol?

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The correct answer is: The answer is all of the above. Limiting saturated and trans fats to less than 20 grams a day will also help lower your LDL.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these are warning signs of high cholesterol?

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The correct answer is: High cholesterol doesn't make you feel bad until it's too late. The only way to find out how high your cholesterol is to have a blood test. Based on these results, you and your doctor can decide on what treatment you will need.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Children can have high cholesterol.

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The correct answer is: The answer is true. Children even as young as toddlers can have high cholesterol. Experts recommend testing children with a family history of high cholesterol or early heart disease. Children who are obese or who have diabetes may also need testing.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of the following activities can raise your HDL, or "good" cholesterol?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can increase your HDL. Losing weight, quitting smoking and eating more fiber can help, too.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

A lipid profile measures what factors?

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The correct answer is: A lipid profile is a blood test that measures your total cholesterol, your LDL and HDL cholesterol levels and your triglycerides. Your doctor interprets the counts to determine if you have high cholesterol.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Triglycerides are a kind of fat found in the blood and in food.

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The correct answer is: The answer is true. Triglycerides are dietary fats not completely broken down by the liver. A high triglyceride level may increase the buildup of fatty deposits in artery walls, raising your risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of these can raise your triglycerides?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can raise your triglycerides, along with smoking and being overweight.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How often should you get your cholesterol checked?

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The correct answer is: Everyone age 20 and older should have their cholesterol measured at least once every 5 years.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can help fight high cholesterol?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Eating a variety of deeply colored fruits and vegetables, plus fiber-rich grains and lean meats can all help fight high cholesterol. Low-fat dairy, unsaturated vegetable oils and limited amounts of nuts, seeds and beans can help, too.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which is the biggest risk factor for high cholesterol?

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The correct answer is: Hereditary factors are the most common cause of high cholesterol, but poor diet and a lack of exercise also contribute.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: More women develop high cholesterol than men in the U.S.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In the U.S., a greater majority of women than men develop high cholesterol. However, men usually develop high cholesterol around age 45, while women do around age 55. After menopause, women are more likely to increase their cholesterol levels.

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True or false: High cholesterol is a life-threatening condition.

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The correct answer is: Technically, this is false. High cholesterol itself is not life threatening. However, high cholesterol causes arteries to clog, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, and circulatory problems. These conditions can be life threatening.

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Treat your heart right by eating healthy, staying active and managing your stress. Although some heart conditions are heredity, you can reduce your risk by keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels, avoiding to...

bacco products and losing some pounds if you are obese or overweight. A diet high in fiber, veggies and fruits is essential for a healthy heart. Vitamins and supplements, such as fish oil, may help reduce your cholesterol, which if too high can cause blockage in your arteries and lead to a heart attack. If you arteries are blocked, you may need a stent or cardiac angioplasty device to open your blood vessels, which can help prevent a heart attack. Because heart disease is the number one killer of adults in the U.S., taking care of your heart is essential for a long life. If you have a family history of heart disease, it is especially important for you to manage your hearts health.
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