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Cholesterol Levels of Americans Are Falling

Posted On: 12-02-2016
Cholesterol Levels of Americans Are Falling
According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), total cholesterol levels, “bad” cholesterol (also known as LDL cholesterol), and triglycerides have fallen in adults through the year 2014—beginning in 1999.

These changes contribute to improved heart health across the country, and death rates from heart disease have been decreasing as well.

The latest study contributing to this downward trend was performed to see if cholesterol levels had continued to improve from 2013 to 2014 and involved data from more than 39,000 adults who had cholesterol levels checked, almost 17,500 people who had triglyceride levels tracked, and 17,000 who had LDL levels tested. The report on this study was featured in JAMA Cardiology.

The improvement in cholesterol levels may be because of reduced trans fats in foods, in addition to healthier diets overall.

It is important for doctors and patients to recognize that heart disease is still the number one cause of death in American adults, despite the lowered risk and better cholesterol numbers. Prevention and education may have helped to lower cholesterol in the country, but more is needed to reduce the risk even further.

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