Cholesterol is a substance that your body uses to hold cells together and to make vitamin D, hormones, and substances that help digest foods. It comes from the animals products such as meat and whole milk but too much of it can cause problems. This is known as high cholesterol or other names is hypercholesterolemia or hyperlipidemia.
According to the study, published in the journal of Circulation on February 16, 2009, about 200,000 U.S. teens and preteens need medication to lower their cholesterol. Doctors from American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended the cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, for children aged 8 and older. A person with family history of heart disease showed high cholesterol on a blood test. Statin is to be considered for children with low density lipoprotein (LDL) and bad cholesterol level that are greater than 190 mg/dl. The drug treatment is recommended for lower LDL levels if certain cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes or obesity are present. But before having this drug, you must see the doctor first for a check-up so to give you the do’s and dont’s of having this drug and information about the level of your cholesterol. Having a High Cholesterol can affect the health of the children or can affect the Future of this children. There must be a lifestyle change such as increased exercise and healthy diet.As early as now, parents must know what is right for their children to have a healthy life in the future.