Should children be tested for high cholesterol?
It is well known that adults should be screened for high cholesterol, but what about children? The answer is YES! The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children should be screened for high cholesterol between ages 9 and 11, and again between 17 and 21. Screening for high cholesterol is important for managing diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as for detecting high fat levels in the arteries. If your child does have high cholesterol there are ways besides medication to control it such as increased physical activity, losing weight, and eating healthy foods. Make sure your pediatrician is following the recommended guidelines for cholesterol screenings for your children.