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Health Agencies Update
January 30, 2008

Lower Cholesterol Levels

JAMA. 2008;299(4):399. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.7

The average total cholesterol level for US adults is ideal for the first time in 50 years, according to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) show that the mean serum total cholesterol levels for adults aged 20 years or older was 199 mg/dL during the 2005-2006 survey, down from 204 mg/dL during the 1999-2000 survey. The new average also meets the Healthy People 2010 goal of lowering average total cholesterol levels among adults to less than 200 mg/dL.

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