Never To Early To Start

(NBC) Checking heart health has always been part of a routine kids exam, but recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended doctors take a closer look at their cholesterol starting at age nine.

When doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital looked at twelve thousand cholesterol samples from kids ages nine to eleven, they were surprised at the prevalence of abnormal cholesterol.

“37% of children have cholesterol that falls in an abnormal range, whether it be elevated, or a larger percentage which are in the borderline range,” said Dr. Thomas Seery, m.D., a p cardiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Doctors caution all the kids in the study were from Houston, so they don’t know if these results can be applied nationwide.

They also don’t know if the samples were from kids with risk factors like obesity.

What they do know is that high cholesterol can start early.

Rather than medicate kids, doctors say starting healthy habits early can prevent the problem. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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