Trends in lipid profiles among South Korean adults: 2005, 2008 and 2010 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Ga Eun Nam, Kyungdo Han, Yong Gyu Park, Youn Seon Choi, Seon Mee Kim, Sang Yhun Ju, Byung Joon Ko, Yang-Hyun Kim, Eun Hye Kim, Kyung-Hwan Cho, Do-Hoon Kim

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Background This study aimed to investigate recent trends in the prevalence and parameters of dyslipidemia and rates of lipid-lowering medication use in Korean adults. Trends in lipid profiles in subjects with hypertension, diabetes or obesity were also studied. Methods Data from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2005, 2008 and 2010 were used in this study. A total of 17 009 subjects participated in this study. Results There was a declining trend in the prevalence of dyslipidemia and an increasing trend in the rates of use of lipid-lowering medication among Korean adults. In both men and women, the age-adjusted mean high-density lipoprotein cholesterol level linearly increased. There was a significantly decreasing trend in the age-adjusted mean triglycerides in women and age-adjusted mean lipid-related ratios in both sexes. The age-adjusted mean total cholesterol level showed a slightly increasing trend and the age-adjusted mean low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level was not changed in both sexes. These patterns persisted among subjects not taking lipid-lowering medication. The favorable trends were also observed in subjects with hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Conclusions Our study showed favorable trends in the prevalence of dyslipidemia and in several lipid profiles among Korean adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-294
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Public Health (United Kingdom)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1



  • cardiovascular risk
  • cholesterol
  • dyslipidemia
  • lipid
  • lipoprotein
  • trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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