New guidelines now call for all kids to be screened for high cholesterol, not just those with a family history of the condition. The recommendation comes from the National Institutes of Health, and is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The idea is to find the kids at risk of major heart problems early in life. The guidelines also suggest a cholesterol test at least once between the ages of nine and eleven, then again between age seventeen to twenty-one. Doctors say it is rare for children to take cholesterol medication. If their levels are higher than normal they will know how important it is to bring a healthy diet and exercise into their daily routine.
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