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The Ultimate How Cholesterol Works Quiz
by Staff
You hear about cholesterol all the time, but do you really know what cholesterol is and how it affects your health? Everyone should be educated on this topic, as poor cholesterol management can significantly impact overall health. Take this quiz to find out how much you really need to know.

What percentage of the American population has cholesterol within the “high” range?

  • 5 percent
  • 20 percent
  • 40 percent

Where is cholesterol found?

  • in food
  • in food and blood
  • in food, blood and human cells

What does cholesterol look like?

  • hard like cold butter
  • thick and watery like milk
  • soft like warm wax

Cholesterol is essential for:

  • sex hormones
  • digestion
  • both of the above

What major bodily organ produces cholesterol?

  • liver
  • kidney
  • pancreas

How much cholesterol does our body need from food each day?

  • none
  • 50 mg
  • 100 mg

What percentage of your blood cholesterol is derived from food?

  • 15 percent
  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent

What is atherosclerosis?

  • another term for high cholesterol
  • a form of heart disease
  • plaque build up in blood vessels

What may happen when blood vessels become blocked with plaque?

  • stroke in the brain
  • heart attack
  • both of the above

What is the recommended daily intake of cholesterol?

  • under 300 milligrams
  • under 400 milligrams
  • under 500 milligrams

What are apoproteins?

  • They kill bad cholesterol.
  • They are carrier proteins for cholesterol.
  • They help us digest cholesterol.

What are lipoproteins?

  • They kill bad cholesterol.
  • They kill good cholesterol.
  • A combination of apoproteins and cholesterol.

Low-density lipoproteins are also referred to as _____________.

  • bad cholesterol
  • good cholesterol
  • inactive cholesterol

What makes good cholesterol so good?

  • protects against heart attacks
  • protects against strokes
  • both of the above

What are the consequences for the liver if there are high levels of LDL in the blood?

  • reduced LDL receptors
  • increased LDL receptors
  • cirrhosis of the liver.

What is the function of very low-density lipoproteins?

  • They serve no function and are very harmful to the body.
  • They help with restoring liver function.
  • They deliver triglycerides to muscles and fatty tissue.

LDL and HDL levels predict risk for heart attacks. Who is at risk?

  • Anyone with a blood cholesterol level of 275 or greater.
  • Anyone with low high-density lipoproteins.
  • both of the above

What dietary habits place you at risk for high cholesterol levels?

  • eating foods such as hydrogenated vegetable oils and avocados
  • eating foods such as eggs and red meat
  • both of the above

________ foods from animal origin contain cholesterol.

  • All
  • Almost all
  • Some

When are women most at risk for developing high cholesterol?

  • during pregnancy
  • during post-partum
  • during menopause