According to the new released study conducted in Texas one-third of the teenagers have either a borderline or high level of cholesterol. These results lead to the possibility of young people having early heart conditions. Recent guidelines have suggested checking kids at the age of 9 to 11 on cholesterol.
Many doctors and parents have rejected this idea, claiming it is too early for that but the study shows that it might actually be worth doing that. According to Dr. Thomas Seery of Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, "a concerning number of children" are at high risk already in the early stages of their lives so certain preventive measures have to be taken. According to his study, 10 to 13 percent of the US children have high cholesterol by the time they reach the fourth grade. Half of them will continue having high cholesterol as adults, which will lead to various health problems, first and foremost with their hearts. The recent study conducted between January 2010 and July 2011 with 45 clinics in Houston area involved in the analysis showed that one-third of the kids were Hispanic, about one-third were white, and 18 percent were black. About one-third was obese. The study also showed that boys are more likely to have high level of cholesterol than girls. Dr. Elaine Urbina, director of preventive cardiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center states, "I would hope that data like these would get the attention of general pediatricians." High cholesterol doesn’t mean that the child has to go through a medical treatment, it does mean, however, that certain diet and lifestyle should be followed. Voice of Russia, bigstory.ap.org, Source: Voice Of Russia