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How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally, High Cholesterol in Children

Apr 8, 2008
There are raising cases of children with high cholesterol, we take a look at what it and what can be done

High cholesterol - what is it? High cholesterol happens when you have an excessive amount of cholesterol in your blood. There are many factors, from genetics, lifestyles, and diseases that can cause it, all of them can put you at an increased risk of having heart problems. It has been linked to heart attacks and stroke. Basically, over time the excess cholesterol starts to line the walls of your arteries. This can slow down or even stop the flow of blood to the heart, brain, and other vital organs.

What is the purpose of cholesterol? Cholesterol is essential to the creation of hormones and cells, and produced by our body. It is also found in animal product such as eggs, fishes and dairy products. Cholesterol is important to our bodily functions, but it is dangerous to have to much of it and too little of it poses other issues too. So it is better to have a balance level of cholesterol.

Cholesterol level of children There is a slight different which how the cholesterol is measure between adult and children. Cholesterol level for children between the age of 2 to 19 should not be more then 170 and LDL below 100. Borderline risk are those with total cholesterol between 170 and 200 and LDL between 100 ad 130. And if the total cholesterol level is above 200 and LDL of more then 130, it will be considered as high risk, more so if girls have HDL of under 50 and boys at level below 45. Most doctor would recommend treatment of high cholesterol if the kid has LDL cholesterol of over 100 couple with a family history of heart diseases. A more stringent limit will be imposed if the child has previous heart diseases.

Do kids need treatment? There are several reasons why children with high cholesterol need to be treated. Having higher cholesterol levels at a young age can place them at an increased risk for cholesterol-related problems as adults. Arterial damage can occur from cholesterol even in young adults and teens. Plus, healthy habits are learned, so teaching them at a young age can protect kids from health problems later on.

The treatments. The most common treatment for children with high cholesterol is through dietary changes. Healthy diet not just benefit the child but also the rest of the family. Not more then 30% of calories should come from fats. Total calories should varies with age and activities level of the child, ranging form 1500 to 2400 a day. Cut as much as possible the consumption of saturated fats from animal, and use fish as alternatives. Lean cut meat, low fat dairy products and healthier cooking oil should be use instead. Do not remove fat completely from the diet, children do need fat to grow, but introduce the healthier type from fish and nuts. Increase the fiber intake to between 25 and 30 grams a day from whole grains, cereals and vegetables. Reduce as much as possible the intake of refine sugar from candy bar and sodas.

The changes to a child diet will be most successful if the entire family take part of it. Firstly the child sees the parent setting example and will most like follow suite and secondly the child that need the change most will not feel single out. The food can be made as appealing as possible to boost their appetite. Allowing the child to plan the meal with you and help preparing is a good way to get them dug into the healthier diet. Encourage healthy level of activities on a daily basis. Most importantly, we need to be realistic, we cannot completely avoid sugary food and video game. So learn to moderate and you and your child will all be happy.
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I wrote a book on how I've lower my high cholesterol level from 301 to normal in 60 days.. All by naturally means without medications. The book is "How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally". You can visit my site at How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally
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