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Cholesterol and Children

A high cholesterol level can affect the health of children, especially those who are overweight and/or have a family history of hypercholesterolemia. Learn about screening guidelines and treatment recommendations.

Cholesterol in Childhood
Learn about recommendations for testing your child's cholesterol and how to get it lowered if your overweight child already has a high total cholesterol, HDL level, or low LDL level, including the use of diets and statin medications.

Cholesterol in Children
American Heart Association Scientific Position that 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. Includes acceptable, borderline and high total and LDL cholesterol levels.

No Fad Diet
The American Heart Association No Fad Diet can help you learn to set a goal, make good choices, eat well.

AHA Dietary Guidelines
American Heart Association dietary guidelines for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease by dietary and other lifestyle practices. Revised in 2000, the guidelines now place increased emphasis on foods and an overall eating pattern and the need for all Americans to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

Facts About Blood Cholesterol
Information about cholesterol, including the causes of high cholesterol, signs and symtoms, diagnosis, treatments, and key points.

Cholesterol and Your Child
Article about cholesterol and your child, including who is at risk, monitoring and treating elevated levels, and how to help your child have a healthy cholesterol level.

Cholesterol in Childhood
American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on Lipid Screening and Cardiovascular Health in Childhood, including information about normal cholesterol levels, metabolic syndrome, healthy dietary changes and how to identify and treat those children at highest risk for the development of accelerated atherosclerosis.

Cholesterol and Your Child
Learn more about kids and cholesterol from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and Triglycerides
Facts about cholesterol in children, including sources of cholesterol and what is LDL and HDL cholesterol, statistics about cholesterol, and causes of elevated triglyceride levels.

Clinical Trials for Hypercholesterolemia
Clinical trials about hypercholesterolemia in children.

Improving Children's Cholesterol Levels
Results of a study that showed that school children who are taught about health and nutrition and also participate in physical activity programs show lower cholesterol levels.

What If My Child's Cholesterol Is High?
Instructions for what to do if your child's cholesterol level is high, including repeating the test, lowering fat in your child's diet, teaching lifestyle risk reduction strategies and seeing a specialist.

Cholesterol Screening
Learn about recommendations for testing your child's cholesterol, including the latest guidelines on cholesterol screening from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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