Triglyceride Levels Dropping for Americans, But Many Still At Risk

CDC: Triglyceride Levels Falling for Americans
CDC: Triglyceride Levels Falling for Americans

(HealthDay News) — Americans' levels of triglycerides have dropped significantly in the past decade, according to a May data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Margaret Carroll, M.S.P.H., and colleagues at the NCHS found that the percentage of adults with triglyceride levels 150mg/dL or above declined from 33.3 percent in 2001-2004 to 25.1 percent in 2009-2012. There was an especially big dip in people aged 60 and over. Among men over 60, those with elevated numbers dropped from 39.9 percent in 2001-2004 to 24.8 percent in 2009-2012. In women over 60, 43.5 percent had high triglycerides in 2001–2004, and that went down to 30.9 percent for 2009–2012.

Triglyceride levels declined in obese men and women (from 48.0 percent for 2001-2004 to 38.7 percent for 2009-2012 and from 39.9 percent for 2001–2004 to 31.9 percent for 2009–2012, respectively). Decreasing trends in elevated triglyceride levels were also seen in overweight men and women (from 40.7 percent for 2001-2004 to 27.5 percent for 2009–2012 and from 34.0 percent for 2001–2004 to 22.9 percent for 2009–2012, respectively).

In Mexican-American women, levels of elevated triglyceride levels dropped from 39.1 to 27.8 percent during the study period. However, there were no significant improvements in elevated levels of triglycerides seen in Mexican-American men. There were also no significant drops in levels among black Americans. But, the percentage of blacks with high triglyceride levels was consistently lower than for whites and Mexican-Americans.

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