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AVOIDING STATINS

ANCHOR LEAD: CAN KIDS WITH HIGH CHOLESTEROL AVOID THE USE OF STATIN MEDICATIONS?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Kids who have high cholesterol are often put on statin medications to lower it, with the FDA recently approving them for this purpose.  But some experts question their use in children, citing a lack of long term data on safety.  Peter Kwiterovich, a cholesterol expert at Johns Hopkins, says putting kids on statins isn’t done lightly.

KWITEROVICH:  We don’t start statins willy-nilly.  We always try to get them to lose weight, to improve their diet.  Those that do have a very nice response.  The major issue is that it’s a family problem, and usually when the adolescent is obese then one or more of the parents is also obese, and to try to get the family to exercise is an incredible challenge, particularly with all the TV programs and the video games and computers, adolescents just aren’t as active as they used to be.  And I think that’s one of the major causes of the obesity epidemic.                             :33

I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting

 


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