Researchers examined data from national health and nutrition surveys of more than 2,500 young adults and found that fewer than 50% had their cholesterol levels checked from 1999 to 2006, even though most of them exhibited one or more of the risk factors for coronary heart disease, including obesity and smoking. They also found that many of the adults surveyed had high rates of heart disease and related conditions as well as elevated levels of bad cholesterol.

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