WDEL's Delaware HealthWatch
with Frank Gerace

Cholesterol And Kids

A new study seems to show it's never too early to monitor cholesterol levels. Details in WDEL's Delaware Healthwatch.

Tracking serum lipid levels helps doctors determine if the body's balance between HDL, the so-called "good" cholesterol, and LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, is right.

A study done recently by the CDC looked at serum lipid levels in American children and teenagers, and the CDC's Doctor Brian Kit says overall, the news is good.

[Kit: "Over the study duration, we found improvements in the blood cholesterol levels among children ages 6 to 19 years of age in the United States"]

Kit and his co-authors examined five blood cholesterol levels from more than 16 thousand volunteers over a 22-year period, and Kit says there were improvements in cholesterol levels in several racial and ethnic groups....

[Kit: "However, we also know that almost one in ten youths continue to have elevated total cholesterol levels"]

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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