Child high cholesterol on the decline

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Child high cholesterol on the decline

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The number of children with high cholesterol has gone down over the past 20 years. That's according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers at the CDC studied the medical records of 16,000 children, starting in 1988 and going through 2010.

They found total cholesterol levels went down over the study period, and levels of "good cholesterol", or HDL, went up.

While experts are encouraged by the progress, they also found 1 in 10 children still have high cholesterol.

They say screening at-risk children for the condition and checking all children's cholesterol between the ages of 9 and 11 should help bring these numbers down even more.

This study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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