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One-third of U.S. Kids Have High Levels of Cholesterol

If the current health of U.S. children were considered a hint on the overall general health of the population in the country in the near future, it would be a grim outlook. A large percentage, nearly 33% of youngsters today will likely face high risks of cardiovascular diseases.

Researchers analyzed medical records from over 12,000 children aged 9 to 11 years old. The children had been through screening for cholesterol. The screening found over 4,000 of the children had cholesterol levels that were borderline.

These findings indicate that over 30% of those children screened risk developing health conditions at an older age as levels of cholesterol that are elevated are associate with higher risks for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Researchers said they are aware that high levels and cumulative exposure to cholesterol is tied to the developing and severity of atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis is a common cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Researchers were able to observe that elevated low-density lipoprotein, total cholesterol and triglycerides, a form of fat that is found in one’s blood, were more prevalent in the boys than in the girls in the study.

Researchers said the study provides new evidence of the need of screening children’s blood cholesterol.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as well as the American Academy for Pediatrics have endorsed a cholesterol screening that is universal for children between the ages of 9 and 11 as well as for young adults between the ages of 17 and 21.

The researchers, in their report, said that children need to be checked for their cholesterol level during between the ages of 9 and 11. By doing so, it presents a great opportunity for parents and medical caregivers to discuss how important healthy lifestyle choices are for cardiovascular health.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control recommends reductions in the levels of cholesterol to lower the risks of a heart attack and death due to heart disease.

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