Cholesterol

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2012.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England have high cholesterol; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Using data from the Health Survey for England (2008) and population statistics it is estimated that approximately 12 million men and 13.2 million women in England have raised cholesterol levels (levels greater than 5 millimoles per litre). Average cholesterol levels were 5.2 millimoles per litre for men and were 5.4 millimoles per litre for women.

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