New CDC data shows drop in number of adults with high cholesterol

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that shows just over 13 percent of US adults had high total cholesterol in 2009-2010 – and the percentage of adults aged 20 and over with high total cholesterol declined by 27 percent from 1999 to 2010.

AstraZeneca applauds this progress and we are proud that when diet and exercise alone aren’t enough, prescription medications like CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) are able to help patients reach their cholesterol goals. In adults, CRESTOR is prescribed along with diet to lower high cholesterol and to slow the buildup of plaque in arteries.

These are promising statistics, but we all can do more. High cholesterol along with one additional risk factor—such as diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of early heart disease, obesity, or smoking—may increase your risk for atherosclerosis (a progressive buildup of plaque in arteries). The prevalence of risk factors like obesity is alarmingly high in the United States.

With this in mind, AstraZeneca remains committed to helping Americans learn about high cholesterol, along with other risk factors and how they can contribute to plaque buildup in arteries.

There are many resources available to consumers who want to learn more about high cholesterol and other risk factors for plaque buildup in arteries. One of these resources is the Cholesterol Roadmap, which using the National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines, can help patients start to identify their LDL-cholesterol goal based on their current health and lifestyle, and develop a list of customized questions for patients to print out, along with the initial cholesterol goal assessment, to discuss with their physicians. These materials can be accessed by visiting

CRESTOR is not right for everyone─like people with liver disease or women who are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant. Tell your doctor about other medicines you are taking. Call your doctor right away if you have muscle pain or weakness; feel unusually tired; have loss of appetite, upper belly pain, dark urine, or yellowing of skin or eyes─these could be signs of rare but serious side effects. See

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Dr Philip de Vane, Executive Director of Clinical Development at AstraZeneca

1826403 5/12

One comment

  • I am one of those U.S. adults with high cholesterol that is having problems controlling it with just diet and exercise, which I don’t even try to do 😦 But I am worried about taking powerful medicines such as CRESTOR because of the side effects that you mention.