Reduce cholesterol in adults — HDS‑06

Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
190.9 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) (2013-16) *

186.4 mg/dL  *

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

190.9 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) was the mean total blood cholesterol level for adults aged 20 years and over in 2013-16 *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Reduce the mean total blood cholesterol level among adults

Target-Setting Method


People with high blood cholesterol are more likely to have heart disease. Although the average total cholesterol level among U.S. adults has gone down in recent years, millions of people still have high cholesterol. Evidence shows that interventions to help people eat healthier, get more physical activity, and lose weight can reduce total cholesterol levels.