By Karin McCay| email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –Kids aren't normally tested for cholesterol because it's typically a problem seen in adults. However, a report published in the Journal Pediatrics looked at 20,000 fifth graders in West Vrginia. Nearly 30 percent of those kids would never have been tested because they didn't have a family history of heart disease.
It turned out, though, that 10 percent of that low risk group already had high cholesterol, some high enough to need medication.
Dr. Peter Kwiterovich studies cholesterol in kids at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He says, "People may not know what their family history is. The parents are young, in their 30s, they may not have had a chance to develop heart disease."
Dr. Kwiterovich says arteries can start building plaque at a young age.
So, if you are concerned about your child's cholesterol, ask your doctor. It's just a simple blood test. Dr. Kwiterovich says most kids with high cholesterol can bring that down to a normal level with just diet and exercise.