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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 23/30, 2015

Improving Triglyceride Levels

JAMA. 2015;313(24):2417. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6544

A quarter of adults in the United States have elevated triglyceride levels (≥150 mg/dL)—an improvement from a decade ago.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data showed that from 2001 to 2004, 33.3% of people 20 years and older had elevated triglycerides compared with 25.1% during 2009 to 2012. Possible factors contributing to the trend are fewer adults who smoke and more who take cholesterol-lowering medications (Carroll MD et al. NCHS Data Brief. 2015;[198]:1-8).