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HEALTH STATUS - Cholesterol
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High blood cholesterol is the most prevalent of the self-reported chronic conditions, with 37 percent of Hawai'i's adult population saying that in 2011 they were told by a health care professional that they had high cholesterol. Between 1991 and 2011, self-reported high blood cholesterol rates increased 91 percent in Hawai'i and 127 percent for the national as a whole.

Managing High Blood Cholesterol: High blood cholesterol is associated with heart disease and stroke. Studies show that a diet low in saturated fat, dietary cholesterol, and total fat--combined with physical activity and weight control--can lower blood cholesterol levels.1 However, genetic factors can also contribute to high blood cholesterol levels that need to be maintained by a combination of medication use and a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Source: Hawai`i State Department of Health, Health Promotion and Education Office, Hawaii's Health Risk Behaviors.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Surveillance Summaries, MMWR.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Note: Respondents who have been told by a health professional that they have high cholesterol. U.S. figures are the medians of the states' means. No data for even years starting from 1994.