Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's midnight. Do you know what your child's lipid levels are?

If your child is one of the 33% of obese children in the US, then the America Academy of Pediatrics recommends that lipid testing be done.  A recent CDC study revealed that 24% of boys and 14% of girls have at least one abnormal lipid level.  Lipid lowering therapy is recommended for persistently abnormal levels not responding to improvements in nutrition and exercise.  According to this study, "less than 1% of adolescents had lipid levels high enough to warrant drug therapy according to AAP guidelines."

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