A new survey of adults nationwide suggests that they are learning the importance of checking their cholesterol. This awareness, not new cases, is likely the reason the numbers have gone up, the report's authors write.
This may well be true. In a CDC report published earlier this year, researchers found that the overall level of high cholesterol among adults over 20 had dropped from 18% to 13% between 2000 and 2010.
High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke.
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