KIDS AND CHOLESTEROL
ANCHOR LEAD: OVERWEIGHT KIDS AS WELL AS THOSE WITH A FAMILY HISTORY OF HIGH CHOLESTEROL ARE AT RISK FOR HEART DISEASE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Children with a family history of high cholesterol should have their blood cholesterol tested, and so should obese kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended. Peter Kwiterovich, a cholesterol expert at Johns Hopkins, describes his decision making when it comes to overweight teens.
KWITEROVICH: The way I approach my obese adolescents is the first thing is the bad LDL cholesterol above 160, yes or no? If the answer is yes then the next question is is there a family history of early heart disease? If the answer is yes then those obese adolescents quality for treatment. If the LDL cholesterol is above 160 are there other risk factors? They tend to have higher blood pressure levels, their good cholesterol is too low, and higher blood triglycerides, so a lot of these obese children, if their cholesterol is above 160, are seriously considered for statins. :36
I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting