Wrong belief: It won’t be until middle age, when I’ll need my cholesterol checked.
Children between the ages of 9 and 11 years and adolescents between the ages of 17 and 21 years, should check their cholesterol at least once.* 1, 2
All adults 20 and older should have their cholesterol and other risk factors checked every four to six years. 1, 2
Wrong belief: High cholesterol: it’s the obese and overweight problem!
Being slim or physically active or even eating healthy diet doesn’t protect you from having high cholesterol. However, having few extra kilos or being overweight puts you at a higher risk. Accordingly, persons with any body type should have their cholesterol checked regularly. 1, 2
Wrong belief: Being a woman, I don’t have to worry about high cholesterol!
It’s true that at a certain age women may be partially protected from developing cardiovascular diseases, as the estrogen (a female hormone) raises the good cholesterol. However, both men and women are likely to have higher triglyceride and cholesterol levels as they get older- despite eating a healthy diet and regular physical activity. 1, 2
*As per the American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations
1. Common Misconceptions about Cholesterol. 2017. Available at: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/about-cholesterol/common-misconceptions-about-cholesterol Last accessed: 22/06/2019
2. Cholesterol: MYTHS VS. FACTS. American Heart Association, 2019 Available at: https://www.heart.org/-/media/files/health-topics/cholesterol/cholesterolmythsfacts_2-27-19.pdf?la=en&hash=B25D955489FFEF75B91960093EB71BD29BDE511A Last accessed: 22/06/2019