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Kids’ cholesterol study reassuring,US doctors say

Fewer than 1 per cent of American teens are likely to need cholesterol drugs,says a new study that offers some reassuring news on childhood obesity.

Written by Agencies | Dallas |
February 17, 2009 2:51:34 pm

Fewer than 1 per cent of American teens are likely to need cholesterol drugs,says a new study that offers some reassuring news on the childhood obesity front.

Last year,the American Academy of Pediatrics issued eyebrow-raising new guidelines: Doctors were urged to consider cholesterol drugs for more kids,even as young as 8,if they had high levels of “bad cholesterol”,or LDL,along with other health problems like obesity and high blood pressure.

The academy didn’t address how many children might fall into that category. Now,a new study published online on Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal

Circulation helps allay concerns that “many,many” children might need to be on cholesterol drugs,said Dr Stephen Daniels,lead author of the paediatric guidelines.

“The concern was I think,because there’s an increasing level in obesity that it would lead to higher and higher cholesterol levels. They don’t seem to be going up,” he said.

The new paediatrics guidance was based on growing evidence that damage leading to heart disease begins early in life. At the same time,recent research has shown that cholesterol-fighting drugs are generally safe for children.

📣 The above article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.

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