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High Cholesterol in Kids on the Decline

Improving serum lipid concentrations has been a key strategy for preventing coronary heart disease in children over the last 20 years. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared the serum lipid concentrations of over 16,000 youths aged 6 to 19 years from 1988-1994 through 2007-2010. The researchers reported that the mean total cholesterol has decreased from from 165 mg/dL to 160 mg/dL and the prevalence of elevated total cholesterol has also decreased from 11.3% to 8.1%. Furthermore, the researchers indicated that “among adolescents (aged 12-19 years) between 1988-1994 and 2007-2010, there was a decrease in mean LDL-C (from 95 mg/dL to 90 mg/dL ) and a decrease in geometric mean triglycerides (from 82 mg/dL to 73 mg/dL).” Overall, the study observed positive trends that serum lipid concentrations are improving in children.

Read it in JAMA.