(HealthDay News) – From 2009–2010 to 2011–2012, there was no change in the percentage of adults with high total cholesterol, or in the percentage undergoing cholesterol screening, according to an October data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Margaret D. Carroll, MSPH, from the NCHS in Hyattsville, MD, and colleagues used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to estimate the percentages of adults aged 20 years or older with high total cholesterol, with low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and who were screened for cholesterol for 2011–2012, and compared them with estimates from 2009–2010.

According to the report, an estimated 12.9% of U.S. adults had high total cholesterol in 2011–2012 (11.1% of men and 14.4% of women), which was unchanged from 2009–2010. During 2011–2012, about 17% of adults had low HDL cholesterol – a 20% decrease from 2009–2010. There was no change in cholesterol screening levels from 2009–2010; most adults (nearly 70% of adults; 67% of men and almost 72% of women) had been screened in 2011–2012.

“Although the percentage of adults aged 20 and over with high total cholesterol declined substantially from 1999–2010, there was no change between 2009–2010 and 2011–2012,” the authors write.

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