Kids & Cholesterol: Call for Early Action
Researchers Want Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs and Diet to Begin in Childhood
Cholesterol-Lowering Strategy for Kids
Current guidelines call for adults with high risk for heart attacks and
other cardiac events to strive for an LDL level of 70 mg/dL or below, but the
three researchers argue that 50 mg/dL or below may be a more appropriate
"That goal is currently attainable in many patients with the treatment
regimens now available, which include statins alone or in combination with
other [cholesterol-lowering] drugs," they write.
With regard to lifestyle interventions, the researchers advocate a
diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol for everyone, including babies as
young as 7 months.
Until last month, the AAP recommended that children between the ages of 1
and 2 drink only whole milk, but the new guidelines do not include this
"The idea was to give pediatricians a little more flexibility,"
Daniels says. "Recommending whole milk should be a judgment call based on
considerations like family [heart disease] history and obesity."