Total cholesterol levels continue to fall for U.S. adults
Published Tuesday, April 24, 2012 6:56AM EDT
ATLANTA - U.S. health officials say only 13 per cent of U.S. adults have high total cholesterol. That may seem incredible in a nation where two-thirds of adults are overweight.
Experts believe it's largely because so many Americans take cholesterol-lowering drugs, but dropping smoking rates and other factors also contributed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Tuesday. The numbers come from interviews and blood tests of nearly than 6,000 U.S. adults in 2009 and 2010.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in the blood. Too much total cholesterol is a risk for heart disease. The government set a goal that no more than 17 per cent of adults have high total cholesterol. The goal was achieved about five years ago for women and more than ten years ago for men.