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Prevalence of high cholesterol varies 25-fold

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:590
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Men in parts of Europe are up to 25 times more likely to have high cholesterol levels as men in China.

    New research shows wide variations in the prevalence of hypercholesterolaemia, from a low of 2% for men in Beijing to a high of 51% in Ticino, Switzerland. When the number of people taking lipid lowering drugs was added to the definition of what constituted the condition, the prevalence rates increased by an average of 1%.

    Awareness and treatment also vary widely between countries, according to the research reported in the International Journal of Epidemiology (online publication ahead of print publication).

    Although it has been known that rates of high cholesterol differ between populations, …

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