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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥20 Years Told Their Cholesterol Was High Who Were Taking Lipid-Lowering Medications,* by Sex and Age Group — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005–2006 to 2015–2016


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The figure above is a line graph showing the percentage of men told by a health professional that their cholesterol was high who were taking lipid-lowering medications. The percentage increased from 36% in 2005–2006 to 50% in 2015–2016 among those aged ≥60 years but not among those aged 20–39 years (1% to 2%) or 40–59 years (16% to 17%). The percentage taking lipid-lowering medications also increased (from 33% to 38%) among women aged ≥60 years but not among women aged 20–39 years (1% to 0.7%) or 40–59 years (from 13% to 11%). For each survey year from 2005–2006 to 2015–2016, the percentage of both men and women with high cholesterol taking lipid-lowering medications was higher among those aged ≥60 years than those in younger age groups.

* Based on a positive response to the question “Are you currently taking lipid-lowering medication?” asked of adults who had been told by a health professional that their cholesterol was high.

The percentage of men told by a health professional that their cholesterol was high who were taking lipid-lowering medications increased from 36% in 2005–2006 to 50% in 2015–2016 among those aged ≥60 years but not among those aged 20–39 years (1% to 2%) or 40–59 years (16% to 17%). The percentage taking lipid-lowering medications also increased (from 33% to 38%) among women aged ≥60 years but not among women aged 20–39 years (1% to 0.7%) or 40–59 years (from 13% to 11%). For each survey year from 2005–2006 to 2015–2016, the percentage of both men and women with high cholesterol taking lipid-lowering medications was higher among those aged ≥60 years than those in younger age groups.

Sources: Carroll MD, Mussilino ME, Wolz M, Srinivas PR. Trends in apolipoprotein B, non–high-density lipoprotein, and low-density lipoprotein for adults 60 years and older by use of lipid-lowering medications: United States, 2005–2006 to 2013–2014 [Research Letter]. Circulation 2018;138:208–10. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/138/2/208.
National Center for Health Statistics, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2015–2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.


Reported by: Margaret D. Carroll, MSPH, mdc3@cdc.gov, 301-458-4136.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥20 Years Told Their Cholesterol Was High Who Were Taking Lipid-Lowering Medications, by Sex and Age Group — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005–2006 to 2015–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:771. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6727a6.

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