CLEVELAND - Should all kids get their cholesterol checked?
A new study, based on the cholesterol levels of fifth graders in West Virginia, found that a family history alone isn't enough to catch high cholesterol levels in kids.
In the study, a third of children whose cholesterol levels were high enough to warrant treatment were being missed by guidelines based on family history.
The study suggests across-the-board cholesterol screening for kids.
Some doctors are concerned that would put too many kids on medication way too soon in life.
Dr. Rose Gubitosi-Klug a pediatric endocrinologist from Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, said screening all kids is a tall order, but it's not a bad idea for parents to know their children's risk, especially if there are other risk factors which might contribute to cardiovascular disease, like obesity.
"Know your child, " she said.
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