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Kids Fighting Cholesterol. Controversy or Reality?

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health at 5:36 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
KidsA recent study has started a huge controversy about kids and cholesterol, popping up the question: should kids really be taking cholesterol drugs?

Pediatricians are now recommending wider cholesterol screening for children and use of drugs as early as the age of eight in hopes of preventing adult heart problems.

What first sounded like “total nonsense”, it actually brings up a few concerns you may want to consider. Kids are not eating very well these days and, although most kids often exercise, cholesterol levels can be high due to a poor diet. Yes, kids run around and burn a lot of calories while playing, but they also eat a lot of fast food, ice-cream, candy and all those “not so healthy” products.

Child obesity has been a major problem in the United States, with one out of three kids considered overweight or obese. If that’s not alarming enough, the prevalence of overweight children is increasing in all ages, from 2-5, 6-11 and 12-19. Therefore, cholesterol aids for kids could be a great way of preventing future problems. Perhaps kids could try eating healthier and take a few supplements.

Most of the kid’s multivitamins offer an important blend of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and are available in “child friendly” versions: chewable tablets, gummy bears, liquid and powder form.

In addition, some companies are also making fish oil for kids, providing important levels of omega 3. Even complete omega formulas (3-6-9) are now available for kids. Most brands are adding fruit flavors to their fish oil products, (strawberry, lemon, orange) making a lot easier for parents to get their kids a healthier life.

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