A new study provides some encouraging news concerning childhood obesity. It found that less than 1 percent of American teens are anticipated to need cholesterol drugs.
Alarming new guidelines were announced last year by the American Academy of Pediatrics: Doctors were called on to consider cholesterol medicine for more kids, sometimes as young as 8, if they had elevated levels of “bad cholesterol,” or LDL, accompanied by other health issues such as obesity and high blood pressure.
the academy did not talk about the amount of children that be included in that group. A study that was announced on February 16 in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation helps diminish anxiety about many children that might need to be on cholesterol medicine, according to Dr. Stephen Daniels, who is the main author of the pediatric guidelines.
He said that there was a worry that a rising amount of obesity cases would lead to an increase in cholesterol levels. He said that they don’t seem to be increasing.
The new pediatrics guideline was established from indicators that damage leading to heart disease starts in early life. Simultaneously, current research has revealed that drugs used to lower cholesterol are basically safe for children.
Dr. William Scott, a cardiologist and pediatrics professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said that as long as a child does not have an inclination to high cholesterol, regular exercise and a healthy diet should keep the cholesterol under control. Scott said, “You really are empowered by your diet and activity.