High Cholesterol Found in 1 out of 5 Teens
The findings give extra support to 2008 guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommend more aggressive cholesterol testing and intervention in kids, particularly the overweight and obese. These guides created controversy because they suggested testing children as young as 2 and treatment for children as young as 8 (previous guides said children should be older than 10 before medication was considered.)
Obesity among American youths has increased from 5 percent to more than 17 percent in the last three decades. With that in mind, the study's authors suggest clinicians be aware of these new guidelines.
And parents should be, too.
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