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How to Lower Cholesterol - Premature Heart Disease in Children

Mar 25, 2008
The sad fact today is there is a rising trend of children with cholesterol problem, we may not like it, but we have to face this fact. According to some studies, many children are considered in the group of high risk premature coronary heart disease and some of them are suffering from high cholesterol at a much younger age then before. As a guide, health care professional do not check children's cholesterol levels routinely.

Cholesterol build up in the arteries can lead to either heart attack, stroke or both, depending on where the arteries are in the body. The American Heart Association states that there is research finding to support cholesterol buildup starts in early childhood.

The perfect time to introduce and intervene with healthy life style changes are childhood. These will provide healthier habits for the rest of their life.

The children most at risk are those who are overweight and/or have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease.

The scientific position of American Heart Association is "elevated cholesterol levels early in life may play a role in the development of adult atherosclerosis and that lowering levels in children and adolescents may be beneficial"

Kids absorb dietary cholesterol from eating animal food such as egg yolks, meat, poultry, seafood, and whole-milk dairy products that include milk, ice cream and cheese.

These are some factors that will expose kids to cholesterol risks:

Their diet that may contain fats, especially saturated fats, an abundance of baked goods and commercial snack products

- If they have a family history of low good cholesterol or high bad cholesterol.

Children who are obese and lack active exercise.

Kids and teens are at an increased risk for cholesterol factors for increased heart disease risk when they participate in smoking, have high blood pressure or contract diabetes mellitus

If you kids are active, have a healthy diet that lacks saturated fats, especially baked goods and snacks, or do not fall into any of the above points, you really don;t need to worry about your kids with cholesterol of early heart diseases.

Children 2 years of age and older who have known risk factors for being at risk for cholesterol or heart disease contributing factors should be screened for cholesterol blood levels. These include :

With a parent whose cholesterol levels is 240mg/dL or higher.

Has a parent or grandparent with a history of early heart disease (before age 55)

If there is any family history that is "unknown"

The child is overweight or is clinically obese

A simple blood test will tell your child's cholesterol level. At age 2-9, the acceptable level are less 170mg/dL. 170-199 mg/dL are considered borderline and high level are those that are above 200 mg/dL.
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