US cholesterol levels continue to decline

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 US cholesterol levels continue to decline, CDC reports

 The Columbus (OH) Dispatch (12/2, Crane) reports that “Americans’ collective cholesterol levels have continued to dip, reaching a 15-year low in 2013 and 2014, a development likely brought on in large part by an increased use of statins.” The data, from the CDC, indicate “that 11 percent of U.S. residents had high total cholesterol in that two-year period, down from nearly 13 percent in 2011-12.”

TIME (12/2) points out that “changes to guidelines for prescribing statins by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology” two years ago “led to a dramatic expansion of who is prescribed the” medications.

HealthDay (12/2, Reinberg) reports that “lead researcher Margaret Carroll, a survey statistician at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), speculated that more people are having their cholesterol checked and are being treated.”

AMA News, December, 2015.