New CDC report shows a positive trend in the number one killer of Americans

(ABC News) – Cholesterol. For many of us, it’s a nagging number that our doctors keep bugging us about.

Whether we like it or not, high cholesterol levels are one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Medications, diets, exercise, and lifestyle changes can alter it.

And now, a new report from the CDC suggests that more of us are getting the message about these healthy steps.

Researchers finding that levels of total cholesterol in U.S. adults have decreased since the late nineties.

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The rate of American adults living with high cholesterol went from nearly one in five – to one in eight.

And as for the “good” HDL cholesterol, the kind you want to have high levels of, researchers finding more Americans with healthy numbers in this category.

This means more Americans are protected from the heart-harming effects of bad cholesterol.

And while researchers aren’t sure whether medications or lifestyle changes are the reason for the improvement, it goes to show that we can all take steps to improve our cholesterol.

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