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Betty Stephens knows keeping her cholesterol in check is part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.
"It gives you a real high to know you're doing the right thing," she said.
There are plenty of myths about your cholesterol level, like children cannot have high cholesterol.
"More and more we're seeing children being affected by things like having high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even diabetes. And that's usually due to things like a lack of exercise or a poor diet," said Dr. Jyoti Sharma, a cardiologist.
Another myth is that all cholesterol is bad.
"We have both good & bad cholesterol in our body. The good cholesterol, called HDL, if that level is very high, can actually help protect against things like having a heart attack. One of the things you can do to get HDL is work out," said Dr. Sharma.
A final myth is that you don't need a cholesterol screening until you're middle-aged.
"That is not true. Current national guidelines suggest that everyone get a baseline cholesterol checked when you're 20-year-old," said Dr. Sharma.
The good news: cholesterol is one risk factor for heart disease that can be controlled.