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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Age ≥20 Years with Low Levels of High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol,* by Age Group and Sex† — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011–2012

The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged ≥20 years with low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, by age group and sex during 2011-2012. During 2011-2012, an estimated 26.4% of U.S. adult males and 9.0% of females aged ≥20 years had low levels of HDL cholesterol (also known as "good cholesterol"). In all age groups, a higher percentage of men had low levels of HDL cholesterol than women. A higher percentage of men aged 40-59 years had low levels of HDL cholesterol than men aged ≥60 years.

* Low HDL cholesterol defined as serum HDL cholesterol <40 mg/dL.

Overall estimates for men and women are age-adjusted by the direct method to the year 2000 Census population using the following age groups: 20–39, 40–59, and ≥60 years.

§ 95% confidence interval.

During 2011–2012, an estimated 26.4% of U.S. adult males and 9.0% of females aged ≥20 years had low levels of HDL cholesterol (also known as "good cholesterol"). In all age groups, a higher percentage of men had low levels of HDL cholesterol than women. A higher percentage of men aged 40–59 years had low levels of HDL cholesterol than men aged ≥60 years.

Source: Carroll MD, Kit BK, Lacher DA, Yoon SS. Total and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011–2012. NCHS data brief no. 132. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2013. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db132.htm.

Reported by: Margaret D. Carroll, MSPH, mdc3@cdc.gov, 301-458-4136; Steven M. Frenk, PhD.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged ≥20 years with low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, by age group and sex during 2011-2012. During 2011-2012, an estimated 26.4% of U.S. adult males and 9.0% of females aged ≥20 years had low levels of HDL cholesterol (also known as "good cholesterol"). In all age groups, a higher percentage of men had low levels of HDL cholesterol than women. A higher percentage of men aged 40-59 years had low levels of HDL cholesterol than men aged ≥60 years.



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