As the study of the link between high cholesterol and heart disease becomes evident, physicians are warning parents to keep track of their children’s intake of this substance and are recommending tests at increasingly younger ages. According to ClarionLedger.com, new suggestions from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute suggest cholesterol checks for children between 9 and 11 years of age.
Including a cholesterol test in a yearly physical may lead to a prescription, but often it’s a good indicator of nutritional changes that need to be made. For instance, parents may want to reduce the amount of fatty foods and refined sugars their children eat and opt for natural alternatives.
Aiming to reduce a child’s cholesterol levels from a young age can drastically limit his risk of cardiovascular disease and other heart-related ailments at an older age. If there is anything negative that results from the test, parents and the doctor can begin a treatment plan that can improve the child’s overall health.
In addition to eating healthier foods and exercising, parents should include Clinician’s Choice Multivitamins in their child’s daily routine.