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Kids Who Eat Healthy Foods Have Healthy Hearts

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Blood fats such as cholesterol are important markers for heart health. In kids, these levels have improved over the past 20 years, though for many they still aren’t where they should be. Ideal levels in children and teens are less than 170 mg/dl for total cholesterol, below 110 mg/dl for LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and above 45 mg/dl for HDL (“good”) cholesterol. According to a study of 26,047 people ages 6 to 19, those levels improved from 1999 to 2016. Yet just half achieved all ideal levels and a quarter had levels associated with heart disease risk. A healthful diet and increased activity can improve cholesterol levels. Make sure your child’s levels are measured, and if they’re not at goal, ask for help. 

Source: JAMA, published online May 21, 2019

 

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