Cholesterol Levels Down Among U.S. Adults
Know Your LDL Level continued...
“This is a good news story, but there are storm clouds on the horizon,” Nissen says. Soaring rates of obesity and diabetes threaten to overshadow this progress.
“The most likely and plausible explanation is that the decline in cholesterol is due to the more extensive use of medication in the at-risk population,” he says. “We are not moving more or getting lighter, and this didn’t happen by accident."
The new study serves to back up some of these points. There was not a decrease in how much cholesterol-raising saturated fat U.S. adults ate as a percentage of their daily calories, and there was little progress made in boosting physical activity among adults.
The health message is clear and applies to all adults. “Know your LDL,” he says. “If it is above the optimal level, ask your doctor if you have a high enough risk to warrant treatment.”