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November 21, 2001

Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of High Cholesterol

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(19):2400-2402. doi:10.1001/jama.286.19.2398

To the Editor: Following publication of the NCEP-ATP III Executive Summary,1 the extension and tightening of treatment goals for high blood cholesterol levels in adults runs headlong into economic reality. More than 50% of Americans are overweight,2 and the prevalence is increasing at an alarming rate.3 With it will rise the prevalence of hyperlipidemia, along with type 2 diabetes mellitus, which ATP elevates into the same LDL goal category as proven vascular disease.

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