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Half of adults have high cholesterol

Half of all adults have high cholesterol levels, according to the Government's Food Standards Agency.

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey conducted by the agency found women aged 50-64 were at particular risk, with 75 per cent having a cholesterol level over 5.2mmol/l.

The agency said poor diet and lack of exercise were the key factors. Some 70 per cent of adults said they were 'fairly' or 'very' physically active but only a third of men and a quarter of women did the recommended amount of exercise.

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