Self-test: Are you cholesterol smart?

Test your knowledge about high blood cholesterol! Select True or False for each statement on the left. Then see how you did by checking the correct answers and explanations.

1. Since I don't have heart disease, I don't need to be concerned about my cholesterol level.

a) True
b) False

2. My last cholesterol level was within my goal. This means I do not have to worry about my cholesterol anymore.

a) True
b) False

3. Losing weight (if I am overweight) will help me to lower my high blood cholesterol.

a) True
b) False

4. Exercise can improve blood cholesterol level.

a) True
b) False

5. To lower your blood cholesterol level you must stop eating meat altogether.

a) True
b) False

6. A total blood cholesterol level below 240 mg/dL is desirable for adults.

a) True
b) False

7. To lower your blood cholesterol level, you should eat less saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol.

a) True
b) False

8. Saturated fats raise your blood cholesterol level more than anything else in your diet.

a) True
b) False

9. Lowering blood cholesterol levels can help people who have already had a heart attack.

a) True
b) False

10. All children need to have their blood cholesterol levels checked.

a) True
b) False

11. Women don't need to worry about high blood cholesterol and heart disease.

a) True
b) False

12. Reading food labels can help you eat the "heart healthy" way.

a) True
b) False

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Review Date: 10/31/2006

Reviewed By: Alan Greene, M.D., F.A.A.P., Department of Pediatrics, Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, A.D.A.M., Inc.


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