Cholesterol Check

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April 22, 2010

Heavy kids tend to have high cholesterol, which can stick with them into adulthood and boost their risk for heart disease. To get them on the right track, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends getting a baseline cholesterol check between ages 2 and 10-and the earlier the better. This is especially important if high cholesterol or heart disease runs in your family or if your child is overweight and has diabetes or high blood pressure. If your child's total cholesterol is above 170 mg/dl and his LDL (bad) cholesterol is over 110 mg/dl, cut the fat and cholesterol in his diet (start by switching to low-fat dairy) and increase the time he spends actively playing.

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