Diabetes Forecast

Kids and Cholesterol

By Miriam E. Tucker ,

About one in five American kids ages 6 to 19 had at least one abnormal cholesterol measurement during 2011–2014, raising the risk for laterheart disease. In all, 21 percent of children in a large nationwide survey had high total cholesterol, high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, or low HDL (“good”) cholesterol. The risk increased with age, from 14 percent of children ages 6 to 8 to 27 percent of teens ages 16 to 19. Weight also played a part: 43 percent of obese children had at least one abnormal cholesterol reading versus 14 percent of their normal-weight peers. It’s important to make sure your child’s doctor is checking your child’s cholesterol and other heart disease risk factors—and discussing the results with you. 
Source: National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief, published online Dec. 10, 2015



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