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CDC Says Americans’ Triglycerides Dropped over Last Decade

Investigators found that the percentage of adults with triglyceride levels 150 mg/dL or above declined from 33.3% in 2001-2004 to 25.1% in 2009-2012. There was an especially big dip in people aged 60 years and older. Among men aged older than 60 years, those with elevated numbers dropped from 39.9% in 2001-2004 to 24.8% in 2009-2012. In women aged older than 60 years, 43.5% had high triglycerides in 2001-2004, and that went down to 30.9% for 2009-2012. Triglyceride levels declined in obese men and women (from 48.0% for 2001-2004 to 38.7% for 2009-2012 and from 39.9% for 2001-2004 to 31.9% for 2009-2012, respectively). However, no significant drops in levels were seen among black Americans. But, the percentage of black Americans with high triglyceride levels was consistently lower than for white Americans and Mexican-Americans. — U.S. CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)