U.S. Cholesterol Levels: Small improvements

Cholesterol levels are one indicator of health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is paying close attention to cholesterol levels and cholesterol screening in the United States.

Recent research sheds light on cholesterol levels and how many people are having cholesterol screening completed. When we compare these results with the research completed in years past, we see some improvement and other areas for us to improve.

The CDC reported:

Americans’ levels of good cholesterol are improving

Cholesterol screening rates have stalled

Let’s take a look at what these results mean and explore what changes we need to make in light of the news.

“Good” cholesterol levels are improving

We typically talk about lowering our cholesterol levels, but there is a kind of cholesterol that we do want to raise. High levels of “good” cholesterol help protect the heart. So, when we say that “good” cholesterol levels are improving, this is good news.

The stats:

In 2009-2010, 20% of Americans had low levels of good cholesterol. In 2011-2012, only 17% of Americans had low levels of good cholesterol.

Don’t be a stat: How to improve your cholesterol levels

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  • drink orange juice
  • replace saturated fats with monounsaturated fats
  • replace animal-based products with soy
  • drink alcohol in moderation
  • stop smoking
  • engage in aerobic exercise

Cholesterol screening levels haven’t changed

The research also checked on cholesterol screening occurrences. The goal to have at least 82.5% of Americans screened for cholesterol was not met. The rate of cholesterol screening stayed at about 70%.

Don’t be a stat: Have a cholesterol screening

These stats are discouraging. A cholesterol screening is a simple process that helps people learn about the status of their health and decide what health changes need to be made. Checking your cholesterol levels can provides you with detailed information about cholesterol levels that affect your heart health. Call your local Test Smartly Labs location for affordable, reliable and confidential cholesterol screening.


  1. Don’t be a bad stat, be one of the good stats! 🙂 Sometimes the simplest solutions work to relieve chronic problems like cholesterol; some people are more susceptible to high cholesterol, but a majority of cases could be prevented by changing long-term diet habits–fad dieting isn’t the answer to many problems people face. Keep up the good work to reduce your cholesterol everyone!

  2. That’s great that the cholesterol rates are dropping for Americans. It’s about time we start doing something about the growing problem of obesity in this nation.

  3. I never knew there was a good kind of cholesteraol? I had always just heard of the bad kind and that it was something that I needed to lower to help reduce risk of issues.

  4. Eating healthy and getting exercise can do wonders for the body. You really don’t understand how bad most foods are for you until you start over with a completely new diet.

  5. It’s great that we are lowering cholesterol around the nation, and now we are trying to eliminate trans fat once and for all.

  6. I had no idea that cholesterol was going down across the country. Very good news, and I hope we continue.

  7. Wow!! Great news. This is a rare read, that we’re actually getting healthier.

  8. It’s great to see that we are actually getting a little better about eating. Diets may be hard to stick too, but if we are working together, here’s proof that it can work.

  9. Let’s hope we can continue to keep raising that good cholesterol level. It takes work, but our future will be much happier.

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