Cholesterol levels of U.S. adults have dropped by an average of ten points over the last two decades, according to a new national study into this major risk factor for coronary heart disease.
Between 1988 and 2010, average total cholesterol levels decreased from 206 to 196 milligrams per deciliter. Average LDL levels (bad cholesterol) dropped from 129 to 116 over the study period, while HDL (good cholesterol) levels rose from 51 to 53 mg/dl.
These “favorable trends” in cholesterol levels are likely due in part to people eating less trans fat, making other healthful lifestyle changes and taking lipid-lowering medications, the researchers wrote in their study, published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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