Cholesterol high in kids

On January 21, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

Not good.  I mean, what else can I say?  Really not good?  Horrible, tragic news?

Not surprising, I suppose.


1 in 5 teens has unhealthy cholesterol levels

Even 14 percent of teens with normal weight have poor levels, CDC says

WASHINGTON – One in five American teens has unhealthy cholesterol levels, a major risk factor for heart disease in adults, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

The heavier teens were, the more likely they were to have high cholesterol but even 14 percent of teens with normal body weight were found to have unhealthy cholesterol levels, the CDC said.

CDC researchers studied data on 3,125 teens collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for 1999 through 2006.

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They found that 20.3 percent of young people aged 12 to 19 and more boys than girls had unhealthy cholesterol levels.

The study found that, based on American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, a third of teens would be eligible for cholesterol screening based on a family history of high cholesterol or premature heart disease.

The researchers analyzed measurements of low-density lipoprotein — LDL or so-called bad cholesterol; high-density lipoprotein, the HDL or “good,” cholesterol; and triglycerides.

Bad cholesterol can help clog arteries while good cholesterol carries away the bad stuff. People should aim for low LDL and triglycerides and high HDL.

Ashleigh May of the CDC, who led the study, said the results were “very concerning.”

“It’s a large proportion of the youth that have at least one abnormal lipid level. That is concerning given the long term implications for heart disease,” May said in a telephone interview.

Unhealthy cholesterol levels, which often begin during childhood and adolescence, are a big risk factor in heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death among adults in the United States.

“We really want to make sure that clinicians are aware of lipid screening guidelines and lifestyle interventions that are recommended, for youth, especially overweight and obese youth,” May said.

“For all youth, healthy eating habits and physical activity are good ways to reduce their risk for abnormal lipids and heart disease in the long term.”

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2 Responses to “Cholesterol high in kids”

  1. Yeah. I think I was diagnosed with high cholesterol in like the sixth grade or some other equally ridiculous time. The sad thing was I was only 10-15 pounds overweight at the time! My body just does not handle excess weight well. I guess that would explain the number of comorbidities I had by age 20 with a BMI of 38.

  2. Andrea says:

    As a mom, this scares me.

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