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Indicator Report - Blood Cholesterol: Doctor-diagnosed High Cholesterol

Why Is This Important?

High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. It is preventable. If identified early, it can be controlled with medication and lifestyle changes, such as eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, increasing physical activity, and reducing excess weight.

Because high blood cholesterol does not produce obvious symptoms, experts recommend that all adults aged 20 years and older have their cholesterol levels checked at least once every five years to help them take action to prevent or lower their risk of cardiovascular disease.

Doctor-diagnosed Hypercholesterolemia (High Blood Cholesterol) by Race, Utah, 2013

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The doctor-diagnosed high cholesterol rates for each race group were comparable to the state rate. According to the Utah Office of Health Disparities, Hispanic persons who may be White often report their race as "other."

Data Notes

As the U.S. government considers Hispanic to be an ethnicity rather than a race, a separate data table and chart compares high cholesterol among non-Hispanic and Hispanic Utahns.

Data are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population using 3 age groups for standardization.

Data Sources

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.

Other Views


The proportion of adults who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that they have high blood cholesterol.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: The number of adults who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that they have high blood cholesterol.
Denominator: The total number of survey respondents (BRFSS survey) excluding those with missing or refused values in the numerator.

Page Content Updated On 12/03/2014, Published on 12/09/2014
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Content updated: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:20:03 MST