Cholesterol Study

Despite the rise in childhood obesity, a study finds very few teenagers qualify for medications that lower cholesterol, known as statins.

Last year, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended kids as young as 8 may need to go on statin therapy if they meet certain criteria, mainly very high levels of cholesterol. A new data analysis of 12 to 17-year-olds has revealed that less than 1-percent appear to be eligible for statins.

Before turning to medication, many experts say kids should work to lower their cholesterol by changing lifestyle habit, including getting more exercise and eating a healthier diet.

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