8 Surprising Facts About Cholesterol

1. High Cholesterol Rates Are Falling

You probably know that high LDL ("bad") cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease. But you might not know that the prevalence of high LDL in U.S. adults actually fell during the last decade. One reason is greater use of cholesterol-lowering medication by those who need it. There's still plenty of room for improvement, however. Currently, about one in six adults has high cholesterol.

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