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More cholesterol screening urged

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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The U.S. health care system must do a better job of screening young adults for elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol - or bad cholesterol - according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found that fewer than 50% of young adults are screened, regardless of risk factors, but about 55% of them have at least one risk factor. CDC reported elevated LDL cholesterol levels in 7% of young adults with no other risk factors for heart disease, in 12% of those with one other risk factor and in 26% of those with two or more. Elevated LDL cholesterol is a leading cause of heart disease. Other risk factors are hypertension, smoking, family history and obesity

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