Good Work, Americans!

Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics found adult Americans have improved their average levels of LDL and non-HDL cholesterol (harmful), along with triglycerides, over the past 20+ years. They also increased the average level of HDL cholesterol (beneficial). A combination of better diet and better medicine may help explain these positive changes. Because improvements were seen in those not taking medications, the authors cautioned against declaring a “statin” victory.

PositiveTip: Let’s keep improving our diet by choosing to eat fewer trans fats and less saturated fat and cholesterol.