By Susan Sulich
10 Harmful Health Myths
By now you're savvy enough to raise an eyebrow at a suspicious health "fact" when you hear one. Tampons contain asbestos? Drinking lemonade will make you lose 10 pounds in five days? You're just not buying it. Unfortunately, some misinformation is only slightly off from the truth, so it's a little trickier to spot. Watch out for these easy-to-fall-for myths.
Myth 1: You only need to worry about cholesterol if you're overweight.
While it's true that women who are overweight are at higher risk for having elevated cholesterol levels, there are also plenty of slender people who have cholesterol problems, says Jo Parrish, vice president of the Society for Women's Health Research. The organization surveyed women and found that 83 percent knew how much they weighed in high school but only 21 percent knew their total cholesterol number.
Unfortunately, weight isn't the only thing that matters when it comes to your cholesterol. Your genes and lifestyle-what youRead More »from 10 Harmful Health Myths