You think of high cholesterol as a very adult problem, but a new study looks at cholesterol levels in children across America and it turns out to be a good reflection of adults.
Doctor Brian Kit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, " Blood cholesterol levels in childhood are important because we know that children who have elevated blood cholesterol levels tend to be adults who have high blood cholesterol levels."
That's why doctors at the Centers for Disease Control say they wanted to take a good look at cholesterol levels in more than 1,600 children and teens between the ages of 6 and 19 over a 22-year-period. The subjects were all part the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey.
While doctors say they found improvements in the blood cholesterol levels among those surveyed, the study in the American Medical Association also found some disappointing news. Dr. Brian Kit says in 2007 to 2010 they also found that almost 1 in 10 youth in the United States had elevated total cholesterol.
So what's the solution? Experts say begin with controlling lifestyle habits. "Reducing saturated fat intake is something that families can do to help keep their child healthy. Other things that families can do is to help them participate in sports activities, the benefit of engaging in physical activities is its ability to increase the good cholesterol or HDL cholesterol" Kit said.
It's also interesting to point out that the decline in cholesterol levels discovered among kids are comparable to those reported among U.S. adults during a similar time frame.