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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, 2009 and 2011 combined

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The doctor-diagnosed high cholesterol rates for each race group were comparable to the state rate. The category "other" had a significantly lower rate of 21.9%. According to the Utah Office of Health Disparities, Hispanic persons who may be White often report their race as "other."

Data Notes

Doctor-diagnosed hypercholesterolemia is based on the answer to the question: "Have you ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that you have high blood cholesterol?" This question is asked in odd-numbered years.

Beginning in 2011, BRFSS data include both landline and cell phone respondent data along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting, or raking. This methodology utilizes additional demographic information (such as education, race, and marital status) in the weighting procedure. Both of these methodology changes were implemented to account for an increased number of U.S. households without landline phones and an under-representation of certain demographic groups that were not well-represented in the sample. More details about these changes can be found at:   This graph is based on the new methodology.

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 11/19/2012, Published on 12/10/2012
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Content updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:09:25 MST