Nearly Half of Adults Have at Least One Cardiac Risk Factor

According to CDC report, 45 percent of surveyed U.S. adults have hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes
By Beth Gilbert
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, April 27 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of all U.S. adults have either high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or some combination of the three, according to a new report on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 to 2006, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the report, 45 percent of the adults surveyed had at least one of the three diagnosed or undiagnosed chronic conditions, 13 percent had two of the conditions, and 3 percent had all three. In addition, 15 percent had at least one of the conditions that was undiagnosed.

The report also found that non-Hispanic blacks were more likely than Mexican-Americans and non-Hispanic whites to have at least one of the conditions. The combination of diagnosed or undiagnosed high blood pressure and high cholesterol was more common among non-Hispanic blacks and non-Hispanic whites compared to Mexican-Americans. The combination of diagnosed or undiagnosed high blood pressure and diabetes was more likely among non-Hispanic blacks and Mexican-Americans compared to non-Hispanic whites.

"These results emphasize the need for research to identify the reasons for the race/ethnicity differences and to identify factors that could be modified to mitigate the race/ethnicity differences," the authors conclude.

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