Friday, March 28, 2014

One in Three Houston Preteens Have High Cholesterol

One-third of Texas preteens may have borderline or high cholesterol, according to a new study conducted with Houston children ages 9-11. The findings were discovered during routine physical exams for 13,000 children in 45 Houston clinics. Researchers found that more boys than girls had high cholesterol while Hispanics were more likely to have higher cholesterol than other ethnicities. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in blood. When a person’s cholesterol level is too high, the substance builds up in his or her arteries, potentially slowing or even blocking blood flow to the heart. This can lead to stroke or heart disease, the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States.

The Associated Press reports that the findings support recent guidelines by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that recommend everyone between the ages of 9 to 11 be screened for cholesterol, then again at ages 17 to 21. Knowing cholesterol levels in children at these early ages can help them and their family start diet and lifestyle changes for a healthier future. Read More.

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