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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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Date last reviewed: 12/21/2005


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