January 1998

Check Your Cholesterol and Heart Disease IQ

Are you cholesterol smart? Test your knowledge about high blood cholesterol with the following questions.

1High blood cholesterol is one of the risk factors for heart disease that you can do something about. TRUE or FALSE
2To lower your blood cholesterol level you must stop eating meat altogether. TRUE or FALSE
3Any blood cholesterol level below 240 mg/dL is desirable for adults. TRUE or FALSE
4Fish oil supplements are recommended to lower blood cholesterol. TRUE or FALSE
5To lower your blood cholesterol level you should eat less saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol, and lose weight if you are overweight. TRUE or FALSE
6Saturated fats raise your blood cholesterol level more than anything else in your diet. TRUE or FALSE
7All vegetable oils help lower blood cholesterol levels. TRUE or FALSE
8Lowering blood cholesterol levels can help people who have already had a heart attack. TRUE or FALSE
9All children need to have their blood cholesterol levels checked. TRUE or FALSE
10Women don't need to worry about high blood cholesterol and heart disease. TRUE or FALSE
11Reading food labels can help you eat the heart healthy way. TRUE or FALSE
How well did you do? Answers
Prepared by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health


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