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Research Letter
November 30, 2016

Trends in Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides, and Low-Density Lipoprotein in US Adults, 1999-2014

Author Affiliations
  • 1Epidemic Intelligence Service, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, Maryland
  • 2Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, Maryland
JAMA Cardiol. Published online November 30, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2016.4396

Total cholesterol (TC) levels, triglyceride levels, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels are linked to coronary heart disease.1 Between 1999 and 2010, mean TC, triglycerides, and LDL-C levels declined in the United States, regardless of cholesterol-lowering medication use.2 We used 2013/2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey lipid data in conjunction with 1999 to 2012 data to determine whether earlier trends continued.

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