Better health is the New Year’s resolution of many of you. Some of you may be wanting to reduce your cholesterol. It’s a good idea and is accompanied by good news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics said last last year that cholesterol dropped for adults 20 and over between1999-2000 and again between 2015-2016.
With high cholesterol defined as 240 mg/dl, the average is 12.4% for 2015-2016 and was 18.3% in 1999-2000. Margaret Carroll is the lead author of the report. She said the survey sample was 5,000 people from across the country and called the decline “good news.”
The number of us with levels of good cholesterol — HDL — also rose. HDL is rated good when it is 40 mg/dl or above. Those without enough good HDL in 1999-2000 was 22.2%. In 2015-2016 the number is down to 18.4%.
Dr. Steve Nissen is the chief cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic and is not involved in the study. He explained why the drop is so significant. “The use of statins [a cholesterol-lowering medicine] has skyrocketed. My guess is the vast majority of this difference is due to the use of statins,” he said.
At the same time Nissen does give credit to bans on trans-fat foods and decisions made by individuals to exercise more and change their diets.
Breaking the numbers down:
• Men age 40-59 have significantly higher rates than men age 20-39
• The difference is 16.5% to 9.1%
• Those over 60 did best and sat at 6.9%
• Women 20-39 had even lower rates at 6.7%
• Race made no difference in cholesterol levels
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