Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) finds that the average cholesterol levels in the US have improved significantly over the past 20 years. That’s really good news! High cholesterol levels can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and other chronic diseases.
Cholesterol levels are still higher than they should be, but at least they’re moving in the right direction. Researchers credit the improvement to a reduction in trans fats in the diet plus the increased use of cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Several recent initiatives have been undertaken by various groups, including the mayor of New York City, to remove trans fats from processed and restaurant foods. It’s clear now that these efforts are beginning to pay off. Average total cholesterol dropped from 206 in 1988 to 196 in2010. The CDC recommends that total cholesterol be kept under 200 mg/dL to lower the risk of heart disease.
The increased use of cholesterol-reducing drugs is not such good news, though. Of course, those who have high cholesterol should, when recommended by their doctor, consider these drugs. But, in most cases, similar results can be obtained by simply changing to a healthy, heart-friendly diet.
If you haven’t had your cholesterol tested in the past year, we suggest that you talk with your doctor. High cholesterol can be a “hidden” threat to your health.
Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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