Fewer Americans have high cholesterol despite obesity

04/24/2012 | National Public Radio

CDC officials reported that despite a continued rise in obesity rates, only 13.4% of U.S. adults between 2009 and 2010 had high total cholesterol levels, compared with 18.3% of adults 10 years earlier. Increasing use of cholesterol-lowering drugs played a significant role in reducing cholesterol levels, but other factors, such as reduced smoking rates, also contributed to the decline, experts said.

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