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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage*, of Adults Aged ≥20 Years Who Had Their Cholesterol Checked in the Past 5 Years,§ by Sex and Race/Ethnicity — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2011–2014

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars.

Age-adjusted using the direct method to the year 2000 projected Census population using three age groups: 20–39 years, 40–59 years, and ≥60 years.

§ Defined by an affirmative response to the question, “Have you ever had your blood cholesterol checked?” and a response indicating <5 years ago to the question, “About how long has it been since you last had your blood cholesterol level checked?”

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During 2011–2014, 71.2% of adults aged ≥20 years had their blood cholesterol checked in the past 5 years. A smaller percentage of Hispanic adults (62.1%) had their cholesterol checked in the past 5 years compared with non-Hispanic white (73.5%), non- Hispanic black (72.3%), and non-Hispanic Asian (72.9%) adults. This pattern was observed for both men and women. A larger percentage of non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic women had their cholesterol checked compared with their male counterparts, but there was no difference between non-Hispanic Asian men and women.
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; 2013. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db132.htm.
CDC. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2011–2014. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.

Reported by: Margaret D. Carroll, MSPH, mdc3@cdc.gov, 301-458-4136; Cheryl D. Fryar, MSPH; Brian K. Kit, MD; Steven M. Frenk, PhD.

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Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged ≥20 Years Who Had Their Cholesterol Checked in the Past 5 Years, by Sex and Race/Ethnicity — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2011–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:270. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6510a6.

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