Prevalence of Elevated Triglycerides and Low High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Among U.S. Adults, NHANES 2011-2018

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2021

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Lopez-Neyman, Stephanie
Miketinas, Derek C.

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Cardiovascular disease is common and the leading cause of death in the US. The purpose of the project was to determine the prevalence of elevated triglycerides and low HDL-C among US adults. Methods: Data from adults (≥20y) participating in the NHANES 2011- 2018 were used for analysis. High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) was collected from non-fasted participants while triglycerides were collected from only fasted participants. All analyses used sample weights and differences in the prevalence was compared across gender using Rao Scott Chi Square tests. The prevalence of elevated triglycerides and low HDL-C among adults was 23.5% and 29%, respectively. The prevalence of elevated triglycerides was similar among men (26%) and women (23.6%) aged 20-39, while the prevalence of low HDL-C was comparable among men (35.6%) and women (38.7%) aged 20-39. The impact of the findings demonstrates the urgency in exploring low-cost lifestyle interventions, particularly for adults aged 20-39 years.

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