Did you know that cholesterol is not all bad news? While the common association with cholesterol is poor health, not everything is well-understood about cholesterol.

As part of our Health Prevention & Promotion drive, we understand the importance of education in making the right choices. For this article, let us correct the popular misconceptions about high cholesterol or just cholesterol.

It is an incorrect assumption that all cholesterol is bad. Certain types of cholesterol are important for the body to function. For example, high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol carries cholesterol back to the liver where it is flushed from the body.

It is an incorrect assumption for patients to claim they would know if they have high cholesterol because they can feel it. Unhealthy quantities of cholesterol do not necessarily show signs and symptoms until there is an episode of heart attack or stroke.

It is an incorrect assumption to believe no treatment aside from diet or exercise can address cholesterol problems. There is no one-size-fits-all solution – or no magic pill that works for every patient. While diet and exercise can work in some cases, there are also situations where medicines or statins work best for the patient. The key is an official diagnosis and recommendation from a reliable physician.

Ken Park MD PLLC is a trusted Internal Medicine Physician in McKinney, Texas.

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