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.
Data NotesAs 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 SourcesUtah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.
DefinitionThe 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
Page Content Updated On 12/03/2014, Published on 12/09/2014