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Do Your Kids Have High Cholesterol?

Posted July 09, 2008 12:00 AM by Sharkles

Heart disease continues to be among the leading killers in the world today. In the United States, waistbands continue to stretch – even among children. As childhood obesity rates climb, so do concerns about children's heath. High levels of cholesterol, a lipid transported in blood plasma, have been linked to cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction (heart attack), and stroke.

Recently, the New York Times reported that pediatricians are recommending cholesterol testing for children, starting as young as eight years old. They hope that testing children will make it easier to detect and prevent adult heart problems. The notion of testing is controversial since many parents don't want to administer prescription drugs to children. Many also remain skeptical of whether this is the best way to prevent adult heart disease.

New guidelines about this issue were presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday. Advocates claim that the first signs of heart disease show up during childhood. Because childhood obesity is estimated at around 30%, doctors fear that it could develop into heart-attacks or diabetes later in life.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins are relatively low-risk, says Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, professor and chief of neonatology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. "The risk of giving statins at a lower age is less than the benefit you're going to get out of it," she claims. Statins have only been used since the mid-1980s, and there is no proof that they will lower the risk of a heart attack in middle age. Despite having little data regarding the pediatric use of statins, Dr. Bhatia says that recent research shows that the drugs are generally safe for children.

Under the new guidelines, it will be recommended that children who come from families with a history of heart disease be screened between the ages two and ten. Screening is also suggested in cases where the family history is unknown, the child is overweight/obese, and if the child has diabetes. If the screening shows that cholesterol levels are normal, pediatricians suggest retesting the child in three to five years.

If cholesterol levels are "bad", the guidelines call for children eight years or older to be given statins. "Bad" cholesterol under the new guidelines is a condition which affects a child with levels of 190 milligrams per deciliter, or 160 milligrams per deciliter or higher and a family history of early heart disease or two additional risk factors. It is not detailed how long the child should be on the medication.


Resources:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/07/health/07cholesterol.html?_r=1&ref=health&oref=slogin

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/101/1/141

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/HeartDiseaseNews/story?id=5325871&page=1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholesterol

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07/10/2008 1:58 AM

Hi,

the importance of cholesterol is overemphasized as the companies that sell statins have a high impetus to boost their revenues.

Statins are not at all low risc, the BAYER disaster was caused by a statin that was overdosed (much will help much more) and destroyed the muscle cells by blocking the energy supply to all muscles.

This caused some deaths and BAYER some billion$$ losses.

You cannot repair damage done by wrong food with a simple pill.

Change your lifestyle, ban most of sugar and carbohydrate, drink tea and coffee without much sugar, no coke and similar high sugar drinks, add a lot of vegetable, eat unprocessed meat, chicken, fish every week, take olive oil as fat and not more than 20% other fats and no trans-fat at all, drink a lot of water or tea and some red wine if adult.

This will readily normalise your blood fats.

Do not think that cholesterol is the whole story - cholesterol is an unimportant part but the part where money is generated - triglycerides (TG) and LDL and HDL are much more important.

TG/HDL ratio should be between 1.5 and 2 and most American and European have values above 7.

This is a warning sign of driving cardiovascular illnesses and diabetes.

To adjust some additional intake of fish-oil (highly purified to avoid high PCB and mercury) will be beneficial.

I changed my lifestyle after reading Barry Sears books on this topic and it worked within 6 weeks.

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07/10/2008 3:36 AM

Thanks Rhabe for your good answer

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07/10/2008 9:22 AM

Thanks RHABE,

Iam 62, at the age of 57 started having Statins (5), after 3 years was advised to have (10); to day with car key in left hand I keep on searching two floors of my home for the car key; this is ofcourse the most dramatic situation; but my short term memory has definitely deteriorated, so for my brother in USA, and a friend who had photographic memory, but to day his short term memory is just as bad as mine , he had a bypass surgery so he cant get out of this evil, nor I beleive can I !

Those who have not ,please also read Dr Duane Grveline.

after I graduated to strength 10 for two years , for all practical purposes total Impotence have set in,

These doctors whom you can rely on selling their mothers, no wonder would find reason to feed these wonder drug to babies ,in America /Europe there are occassional legal recourse but in my country that is nearly impossible.

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07/12/2008 4:31 AM

You are what you eat...

Eat crap, drive every where or sit watching TV/computer...we will all look like Jabba the Hutt if we ain't carefull.

I blame the parents...

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07/12/2008 4:37 AM

Do people in the USA grow vegetables and salad in their gardens?
I only mess about with 3 small raised beds each about 6' square...our attitude is ..stick it in, if it grows fine, if not, try something else...
This year we have.
Broad beans, peas, strawberries,courgettes, purple sprouting brocolli and celleriac, a bit of rocket and lettuce too.
We have a nice little herb garden as well which is really great to just pop outside and pick some herbs.
I get the impression from out TV gardening programs that Americans don't do 'gardening'.

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