Huge gap in knowledge and understanding of cholesterol
- While more than one in four adults surveyed are personally worried about heart disease (27%) or stroke (26%), fewer than one in ten (8%) recall their LDL-C at the most recent time they were tested. In addition, over half of those surveyed (56%) weren’t sure if LDL cholesterol is referred to as “bad” cholesterol; only 34% correctly said true while 10% mistakenly said false.
- When asked whether it’s better to have high levels of LDL cholesterol than HDL cholesterol, 3 out of 5 people (62%) weren’t sure; 12% mistakenly said true and 27% correctly said false.
Heart disease most prevalent, but cancer causes the most worry
- Those surveyed were the most worried about cancer (45%). Dementia (27%), heart disease (27%) and stroke (26%) were all tied for second.
Which of the following diseases or health conditions, if any,are you personally worried about?
Understanding the factors affecting heart disease
- Less than two in five of those surveyed (39%) knew that family history is a factor that affects heart health.
- Though people do realize some key risk factors, including being overweight (72%) and high blood pressure (70%).
North America has a bum wrap
- Though Europe has the highest prevalence of high cholesterol in the world, 1 with 133.3 million people in the EU5 suffering from high LDL-C in 2011,2 North America is perceived to be the highest (46%) by those surveyed. Europe came in second at 31%.
The cost of cardiovascular disease in the EU
- While more than half (54%) of those surveyed didn’t know the costs associated with cardiovascular disease in the EU, fewer than one in five (17%) are aware that the cost is significant, around €196 billion a year.2
Behavior change is possible!
- Fortunately, 89% of people surveyed agree that it is important that people know whether or not they have high LDL (or bad) cholesterol (including 43% who strongly agreed).
- It is time for everyone to THINK AGAIN ABOUT CHOLESTEROL!
About the Think Again About Cholesterol Survey
Think Again About Cholesterol is a multi-national survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of EAS and sponsored by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. about the general public’s understanding of cholesterol. A total of 12,142 adults, age 25 and over, were surveyed between 25 August and 9 September 2015 in the following countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
- World Health Organization. «Global Health Obeserviatory (GHO) data, Raised Cholesterol». http://www.who.int/gho/ncd/risk_factors/cholesterol_text/en/ Accessed July 7, 2015.
- Euractiv, “Cardiovascular disease: Social and economic impacts,” published 26/02/2014.