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Drugs Help: Despite American Diets, Serum Lipids Decline


Total cholesterol levels have declined among American adults over the past 45 years, according to surveys conducted by the federal government. The greatest decreases were in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels, an improvement attributed primarily to the increasing use of statins. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels have not improved significantly, and a slight but not significant climb in serum triglyceride levels could reflect Americans’ growing waistlines.



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