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Total and High-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol in Adults

Almost 13% of adult Americans have high total cholesterol, and 17.4% had low HDL cholesterol according to the new data on cholesterol levels in U.S. which was recently published in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the National Center for Health Statistics.

High levels of total cholesterol and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good cholesterol”) are risk factors for coronary heart disease. Notably, less than 70% of adult Americans are screened for cholesterol – a simple and very inexpensive test, which every person aged 20 and over should take at least once every 5 years. Read full report.