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Concerning number of kids have elevated cholesterol
Date:3/28/2014

ulation of children with dyslipidemia, an abnormal amount of cholesterol or fats in the blood.

In this study, researchers also found that boys were more likely than girls to have elevated total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol, and triglycerides, while girls had lower high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol. Obese children were more likely to have elevated total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides, with lower HDL in comparison to non-obese children. Average total cholesterol, LDL, non-HDL and HDL were all within the normal range, 162 mg/dL, 92 mg/dL, 113 mg/dL and 52 mg/dL, respectively; mean triglycerides were borderline or abnormal (103 mg/dL). Similar to a recent, unrelated study of adult minority groups, 9- to 11-year-old Hispanic children in this study were more likely to have elevated triglycerides and lower HDL when compared to non-Hispanics.

The authors said they hope their findings will give added weight to guidelines sponsored by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics that call for universal cholesterol screening of children between the ages of 9 and 11 years and, again between 17 and 21 years of age. Despite these recommendations, some practitioners remain hesitant.

"There is concern by some in the medical community that children will be started on medication unnecessarily," Seery said, emphasizing that adopting a healthy diet and engaging in routine physical activity are first-line therapies for children with abnormal cholesterol levels.

He adds that cholesterol-lowering medications are typically needed in one to two percent of children with dyslipidemia, primarily in those with very high cholesterol resulting from a genetic lipoprotein disorder. Genetic lipoprotein disorders, such as familial hypercholesterolemia, result in very high cholesterol levels that can be detected in childhood but are felt to be underdiagnos
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Contact: Beth Casteel
bcasteel@acc.org
202-375-6275
American College of Cardiology
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