Family First: Kids and Cholesterol

Posted Tuesday, September 1, 2009 --- 11:10 a.m.

We're focusing on your kids and their back-to-school checkups. We got a very interesting answer to a viewer question about younger kids being screened for cholesterol

It turns out that with obesity rates tripling in teens in the last 10 years and doubling in children, the recommendation is getting younger and younger.

"What's changed is we're recommending at children by age 10 we're explaining should be tested for cholesterol b/c we discovered that if you don't test all children you'll miss about 50 percent who have high cholesterol!" says Doctor Patrick McBride with the UW.

The experts have been working toward this recommendation for years. The American Academy of Pediatrics is extending its recommendation to screen any kids who are overweight or who have a family history of heart disease, to universally checking kids by age ten.

The recommendation is new, so hasn't hit pediatricians broadly, but it will likely become more of a standard in the next several months as you get your children in for those back-to-school checkups.

Even in children, one unhealthy, fast food meal can create blockages in the arteries!

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