A sad sign of the times . . .
The Expert Panel on Integrated Guidelines for Cardiovascular Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents, appointed by National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health), has announced its recommendation that all children now be screened for high cholesterol as part of routine pediatric care.
Specifically, the panel recommended that children between the ages of 9 and 11 undergo a non-fasting lipid screening, and then undergo a second screening between the ages 18 and 21. It also recommend testing for diabetes in children 10 years of age (or at the onset of puberty) who are overweight and have other risk factors for Type 2 diabetes, such a as a family history of the disease.
The recommendations are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and will appear in the December issue of Pediatrics.
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