High Cholesterol


Screen All Kids for Cholesterol?

It could raise awareness or lead to overtreatment, depending on whom you ask.

By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

(epSos.de: Flickr)

(epSos.de: Flickr)

One in 500 kids has an inherited disorder that causes high levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol that may require medication to control. However, since the problem doesn’t create observable symptoms, as many as half of these kids don’t know they have the condition. To help identify these children, late last year an expert panel convened by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommended that all children be screened for high cholesterol, once between the ages of 9 and 11 and again between ages 17 and 21.

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