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Cholesterol and Kids? Let’s Talk!

August 25, 2016 | Health & Safety | 0 comments | Author:

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Did you know that there are a significant number of children who have no known risk factors yet have elevated lipid (cholesterol) levels?

In fact, atherosclerosis (clogging of arteries) and the roots of cardiovascular disease often are found in childhood, although there may be no symptoms at the early stages when treatment is most effective.

This can put kids at risk for cardiovascular disease. But with early testing steps can be taken to lower that risk.

Typically the test requires a trip to the lab for a fasting blood draw. But we know that families are very busy and kids are not fans of having their blood drawn.  Actually, who is?

That’s why Weiss Pediatric Care screens all of our 11 year olds using a kid-friendly in-office cholesterol screening device called a Cardio-Check.

This state-of-the art equipment provides the same results as a fasting blood test at the lab but with just a simple finger stick. And…the results are available right away, before you leave the office!

What do we recommend if your child has elevated cholesterol levels? The best answer is simple and obvious.

We recommend a healthy diet and daily exercise. When parents take the lead by making changes in the entire family’s diet and exercise habits, everyone benefits. Kids and grown-ups alike!

For more information about healthy diets for children with high cholesterol check out the advice summarized in CHILD-1 Diet and Nutrition Recommendations -Childhood Nutrition Basics.