QuickStats: Trends in Mean Total Cholesterol Among Adults Aged
20--74 Years, by Age Group --- United States, 1960--1962 to 1999--2002*
* Graph points represent serum total cholesterol levels at the midpoint of
the survey years for the National Examination Survey conducted during
1960--1962 and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys
conducted during 1971--1974, 1976--1980, 1988--1994, and 1999--2002.
From 1960--1962 to 1988--1994, mean total cholesterol declined for all age groups. From 1988--1994
to 1999--2002, total cholesterol levels continued to decline for adults aged
>50 years. For adults aged 20--49 years, total cholesterol levels changed minimally after 1988--1994.
SOURCE: Carroll MD, Lacher DA, Sorlie PD, et al. Trends in serum lipids and lipoproteins of adults,
1960--2002. JAMA 2005;294:1773--81.
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