The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that between 2011-2014 one in five children and adolescents had at least one abnormal cholesterol measure. The prevalence of these measures was higher in adolescents than children, and in youth with obesity. Obesity may explain a significant number of these abnormal values, but sex differences and genetics must also be considered.

LifeTip: Cardiovascular risk factors begin in childhood. Make sure you ask your physician to monitor your child’s cholesterol levels.

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