New Recommendations Says Checking of Cholesterol Levels among Children

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Despite the conscious effort made by different government states through establishing policies, still the cases of childhood obesity remain high. This is a problem the every nation has to face because of the bothering increase in numbers of children who are becoming obese and overweight even at younger age. Also, the diagnosis of some cardiovascular disease have been found and observed among individuals who are at their earlier age. Hence, new guidelines was released which tackles about checking of cholesterol levels among children who belong to the age group of 9 to 11 years old and another for those who age between 17 and 21 years old.

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago. In fact, statistics show that approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. Immediate action regarding this health concern is indeed needed in order to help save lives and promote awareness among the general public especially to the parents of these children.

The new guidelines for doctors regarding the target age group of cholesterol screening were endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Also, it was published in the journal Pediatrics.

The previous recommendations about the cholesterol screening only include those children who have a family history for high levels of cholesterol or other cardiovascular diseases. On the other hand, the new recommendations tackle about having two cholesterol screening before the age of 21.

Furthermore, it also includes guidelines for parents and health professionals who should guide and lead the right way for the children in order to prevent obesity and other health risk. These recommendations include: parents should start teaching their children at the age of 5 to 9 years about the harmful health effects of tobacco products, also making sure that their children were not able to inhale tobacco smoke from the environment; health professionals should monitor the Body Mass Index (BMI) of children together with their parents. Other recommendations can be seen in a document titled “Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents: Summary Report”.

Moreover, the new guidelines would like to forward prevention and widespread awareness regarding unhealthy lifestyle and improper nutrition, but the opinion of the public to the new recommendations is mixed.





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