Doctors look at high cholesterol levels in children

By WEEK Producer

March 28, 2014 Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM CDT

New research shows it is never too early to be heart healthy.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending doctors take a closer look at children's cholesterol starting at age nine.

When doctors at Texas Children's Hospital looked at 12,000 cholesterol samples from kids ages nine to eleven, they were surprised at the prevalence of abnormal cholesterol.

"Thirty-seven percent of children have cholesterol that falls in an abnormal range, whether it be elevated, or a larger percentage which are in the borderline range,” said Dr. Thomas Seery of Texas Children's Hospital.

Doctors caution all the kids in the study were from Houston, so they don't know if these results can be applied nationwide.

What they do know is that high cholesterol can start early and that healthy habits can prevent the problem.

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