A new CDC study has found that almost 50% of Americans have at least one of the three heart risk factors; high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
Around 3% of the adults surveyed in the ongoing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey had all three conditions, 13% at two of the conditions, while 45% had at least one condition. More worryingly, the study shows that 8% of adults have undiagnosed high blood pressure, 8% have undiagnosed high cholesterol, and 3% of have undiagnosed diabetes.
All three conditions increase the risk of heart disease, which affects 81 million Americans. Furthermore one in every three deaths in the country is attributed to heart disease.
The new study also showed that non-Hispanic blacks had a much higher prevalence of high blood pressure than non-Hispanic whites and Mexican-Americans. The new findings could help shape targeted treatment guidelines for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.