The World Health Organization (WHO) has found in 2011 and 2012 that the leading cause of death globally is heart disease. Now, our kids may be at risk, with a new study that has found that 1/3 children have high cholesterol which can led to heart disease.
The research team was led by a pediatric cardiologist at Texas Children’s hospital, where they examined the medical records of more than 12,000 children aged 9-11. 30% of the children were at risk of developing elevated cholesterol levels. It was also found that bad cholesterol was more common in the boys, with obesity and lifestyle playing as huge catalysts in the results.
4,000 of the children who were examined had borderline cholesterol levels and were at risk of high cholesterol. The most concerning thing is that elevated cholesterol levels can lead to heart disease as these kids reach adult-hood.
This information was presented at the American College of Cardiology in Washington to raise awareness of this dangerous health issue and to push for further screening of kids to measure and monitor their blood cholesterol.