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• The Washington Post reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is out with new numbers saying that after 17 years of continued decline, America’s cholesterol levels continue to be pretty good - “since 1999, the number of Americans suffering from high total cholesterol has declined from 18.3 percent to 12.4 percent in 2016.”

According to the story, “That time period overlaps neatly with the years when cholesterol-lowering medication became widespread, particularly among adults 40 and older who are most at risk for high cholesterol and heart disease. From 2003 to 2012, the percentage of adults older than 40 and taking statins and other cholesterol medications increased from 20 percent to 28 percent, according to a 2014 CDC report.”

However, the story says, “Thursday’s CDC report shows where particular progress needs to continue. The prevalence of high total cholesterol was greatest among adults ages 40 to 59 — particularly for women. By race and gender, white women also had the greatest prevalence of high total cholesterol.”
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