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Cholesterol ignorance revealed

ALMOST a third of city residents aged over 40 have high cholesterol due to an unhealthy life style and poor awareness of the associated risks, according to a wide-ranging health survey.

Shanghai health authorities yesterday announced the results of the survey after giving free blood tests and questioning people's understanding of high cholesterol, one of the major factors causing heart attacks and strokes.

Nearly 84 percent of Shanghai residents knew a little or had no idea about cholesterol and only 33.5 percent had been tested for cholesterol within the past year, said the city's first such survey.

The Shanghai Office of Patriotic Health Campaign Committee said the survey, covering 8,350 residents from six districts, showed education on the control of cholesterol was essential.

According to the survey, 19.5 percent of respondents haven't checked their cholesterol levels for at least two years and 28.5 percent never checked their levels.

"For men over 45 and women over 55 and those with a family history of high cholesterol or cerebral-cardiovascular diseases, cholesterol levels should be checked regularly," said an official.


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