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Bad Cholesterol

By: CBS News Email
By: CBS News Email
In a St. Joseph Health Scene Report, good and bad news on cholesterol from the American Heart Association.

Signs for fast foot restaurants are seen on a street in Los Angeles on Monday, July 28, 2008. In South Los Angeles, fast food is also the easiest cuisine to find, and that's a problem for elected officials who see it as an unhealthy source of calories and cholesterol. The City Council is poised to vote Tuesday on a moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in a swath of the city where a proliferation of such eateries goes hand in hand with more fat adults and chunky children than other areas of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

In a St. Joseph Health Scene Report, good and bad news on cholesterol from the American Heart Association. Levels of so-called "bad" cholesterol among adult Americans have fallen since 1980, but harmful triglyceride levels have nearly quintupled over the same period. Triglyercides are markers in the blood often caused by obesity. Researchers say lower cholesterol levels may reflect a greater awareness of the dangers of a high-fat diet, but the obesity problem has only gotten worse.


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