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Kids Screened For High Cholesterol: At Risk For Future Heart Disease

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A new study shows that one in three kids, between ages nine and eleven have borderline or high cholesterol making them at risk for future heart disease. A screening was conducted March 28th in Texas. Studies proved that obese children were more than likely to have abnormal cholesterol levels. However, screening showed children of normal weight were also borderline or had high cholesterol.

Pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Thomas Seery at Texas Children’s Hospital along with assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine discussed the details of these findings.

“The reality is that 35 percent of kids who were not obese had abnormal cholesterol as well,” said Seery.

Other studies have shown that a little over 70 percent of kids with these abnormal levels of cholesterol maintain those high levels way into young adulthood.

Kids Screened For High Cholesterol: At Risk For Future Heart Disease

“Your cholesterol at nine is a reflection of where your cholesterol is going to be in your 40s and 50s,” said pediatric endocrinologist at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Dr. Patricia Vuguin.

Parents are expected to partner with their children’s physicians to encourage better eating habits for their kids and regular exercise. If not, they are more than likely going to remain at risk for heart diseases and strokes.

“Cardiovascular disease in children is rare, but we know that atherosclerosis has its beginnings in childhood. The better job we do now, the better they will do later in life,” said Seery.

Further studies revealed more disturbing findings for middle school children. According to studies shown at an annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in Washington, D.C. middle school kids indulge in more junk if they spend two or more hours at a computer or television. This is one full snack more compared to children who didn’t or don’t have this form of entertainment.

Associate professor in the division of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Michigan, Dr. Elizabeth Jackson stated, “parents need to monitor their kids activities. Our results offer even more reason to limit the amount of TV time kids have and are right in line with current recommendations.”

Parents are expected to take their children, 9 to 11 for a cholesterol screening and later follow up when they become 17 to 21 years old.

Kids Screened For High Cholesterol: At Risk For Future Heart Disease

 

 

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BA in Print Journalism w/ a minor in Child & Family Development/ full time POET and sponge. I love learning :) follow me @honeybjackson

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