If you are due for your annual doctor visit it also might be time for a cholesterol check. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthy adults should have their cholesterol checked every 4 to 6-years. Those with heart disease, diabetes, or a family history of high cholesterol should have it checked more often.
There are so many common myths and misconceptions about cholesterol. It’s a substance in our body that has been talked about in such a negative way that many of us have forgotten that it actually serves a positive purpose. It’s time to demystify cholesterol and learn the truth behind this substance and why our body needs it.
All Cholesterol Is Bad
Alright, it’s time to stop the rumor that all cholesterol is bad for our health. According to the CDC, “Your body needs cholesterol to perform important jobs, such as making hormones and building cells.”
While high levels of cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, if we didn’t have any cholesterol we couldn’t survive.