Finally, some good news on Americans’ health: Cholesterol levels are declining among adults nationwide — even those who are not taking medication, according to a new study reported in the Oct. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A research team headed by Margaret D. Carroll of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined data on serum cholesterol levels in more than 37,000 people from 1988 to 2010, and found that average levels of total cholesterol, non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol all generally declined.

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