Monday, November 14, 2011

Kid Cholesterol Checks

This is certainly a sad and scary reality we are facing when it comes to childhood obesity. There is now a recommendation that all children have their cholesterol tested. It is so sad that that experts in the field say this is necessary. I hope change is right around the corner.


All U.S. children should have their cholesterol tested between the ages of 9 and 11, according to new guidelines released Friday. The recommendation comes from by a 14-member expert panel convened by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which will publish the panel’s report on Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

The recommendation marks a significant expansion from the 1992 guidelines, which had recommended that children get their cholesterol checked only if there is a history of high cholesterol or early heart disease in their families. But the panel decided to push for expanded testing because accumulating evidence suggests that high cholesterol in childhood can lead to early signs of heart disease and that the current approach could leave some children at risk, said Stephen R. Daniels of the University of Colorado, who led the panel.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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