11/11/2011 7:00 PM ET |
Filed under: Health
Having high cholesterol doesn't just affect adults
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has announced new guidelines that recommend children get screened for high cholesterol before they reach puberty, regardless of family history.
The current guidelines recommend screening for kids with a family history or with those who have diabetes, high blood pressure, or are obese. But looks like a change is on the horizon to help children avoid heart disease later in life.
A key change in the new rules will include more aggressive recommendations for screenings and testing by doctors. Also, fasting before getting checked will no longer be required. A standard blood test sample or finger-prick test can do the trick. Plus, children as young as 8 can safely use the cholestol-lowing drugs, such as Lipitor and Zocor, which are known to prevent heart disease.
This will be extremely important considering 10-13 percent of children and teens have high cholesterol, scoring above 200.
If this could save children's lives and prevent heart disease than we are all for it.
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