High cholesterol statistics
In 2010, high total cholesterol was the second greatest attributor to the total burden of heart disease, accounting for more than a third (36.3%) of the total burden. (1)
In 2011/12, 5.6 million people aged 18 and older had high total cholesterol. Overall, 33 per cent of Australians had high total cholesterol. (2)
High cholesterol by gender
More than 2.7 million Australian men had high total cholesterol in 2011/12, or approximately 32 per cent of all males aged 18 and over. (2)
Close to 2.9 million Australian women had high total cholesterol in 2011/12, or approximately 33 per cent of all females aged 18 and over. (2)
High cholesterol by age
The prevalence of high cholesterol was highest amongst the 55 to 64 year age group, with almost one in two having high total cholesterol.
Close to one in five Australians aged 18 to 34 had high total cholesterol, representing more than one million.
High cholesterol by location
The prevalence of high total cholesterol was highest in Tasmania and South Australia, with Northern Territory having the lowest prevalence rate.
Australians residing in regional and remote areas were more likely to have high total cholesterol than those living in major cities.
|New South Wales||32.3%|
|Australian Capital Territory||31.6%|
|Outer regional and remote||36.7%|
High cholesterol by body mass index
More than one in three (37.3%) Australians who were overweight or obese had high total cholesterol, significantly higher than those with a BMI of under 25.
|Underweight/normal (BMI less than 25)||25.8%|
|Overweight (BMI 25-29.9)||37.4%|
|Obese (BMI 30 or more)||37.0%|
- Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010).
- Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Health Survey 2011/12.