High cholesterol on the rise in children

Lynne Adkins
February 13, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Cholesterol levels are on the rise in children, and you can blame it on lifestyle choices. 

High cholesterol used to be a problem found only in adults, but now it's an issue for kids as well, according to Dr. Julie Brothers, a pediatric cardiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"It is definitely a problem in children. Studies have shown that about one in five children, adolescents, have some form of what we call dyslipidemia, which could be high LDLl cholesterol or low HDL or high triglycerides," Brothers said. 

She says children with high cholesterol can become young adults suffering from heart disease and stroke.

She blames diet and the lack of exercise for this escalating problem.

She suggests children have their cholesterol levels checked around the age of nine, unless they're overweight or have a family history of high cholesterol, in which case it should be done as a toddler.