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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Check Children's Cholesterol Levels, New Guidelines, USA

Fat parents have fat kids. Fat people are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
Children should be checked for blood cholesterol levels between 9 and 11, and then again between 17 and 21 years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced in new guidelines for doctors. The NIH says the guidelines have been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In other words, two cholesterol checks before the age of 21. The guidelines have been published today in the journal Pediatrics.

The new recommendations appear in a document titled "Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents: Summary Report".

Previous recommendations included only children with a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease, and other factors linked to cardiovascular disease risk.

The authors wrote:

"Atherosclerosis begins in youth, and this process, from its earliest phases, is related to the presence and intensity of the known cardiovascular risk factors. Clinical events such as myocardial infarction, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, and ruptured aortic aneurysm are the culmination of the lifelong vascular process of atherosclerosis."
The sign of a truly sick, child abusing society is when you have to screen kids for adult illnesses that are diseases of choice.

Kudos, fatsos.

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