Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Heart Health and Cholesterol

Youngsters' cholesterol levels are improving, but need more work

Category: Heart Health and Cholesterol

The cholesterol levels of children and adolescents in the U.S. have improved over the course of the last two decades, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These findings may be relevant for young patients who undergo cholesterol tests.

In order to track the latest trends in the cardiovascular health of young Americans, the team of scientists analyzed health data collected during three time periods: 1988 to 1994,1999 to 2002, and 2007 to 2010. The study included information on more than 16,000 individuals aged 6 to 19 years, measuring factors such as levels of total cholesterol, good cholesterol and, among older subjects, bad cholesterol.

During the study period, the proportion of patients with high total cholesterol decreased from 11.3 percent to 8.1 percent, while the prevalence of low good cholesterol levels went from 17.3 percent to 14.8 percent. Among individuals with high levels of bad cholesterol or similar lipids, this figure fell from 27.2 percent to 22 percent.

Despite these improvements, the data indicate that more work needs to be done in order to improve the lipid profiles of all children and adolescents. Parents who are worried about their children's cardiovascular health can send for cholesterol tests.ADNFCR-2248-ID-800837015-ADNFCR

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top