My neighbor can bask in the sun all day and never get burned, but with my Scottish skin I'll never be able to.
So it is with cholesterol. If you get a cholesterol test and your total is above 150, then you're like most people who live in America. I'm not aware of anyone who couldn't get it close to 150 without medication, but cholesterol tests are like a scale is to people who are trying to lose weight. Once the weight is off, maybe you don't need to weigh as often because you can tell by how tight your belt is, but the scale is really useful along the way. You find out you can't get away with the late night bag of Doritos.
A slender and fit friend who has relatives who died in their early 40s from heart disease, sent me his annual blood test last month. 280 total cholesterol. He was upset because he tries to eat healthy and he runs. But cheese and coconut oil. Could they really be culprits?
So he cut them out for a few weeks and went to someplace like CVS pharmacy to get his cholesterol checked. 178. Bummer because cheese is yummy. Can he have a little? What if its feta and not hard cheddar? A few weeks of trial and a quick cholesterol test and he'll know.