21% American Kids at High Risk for Heart Disease and Stroke

Published By : 10 Dec 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

An estimated 21 per cent of teens and children in America suffer from some or the other form of abnormal blood cholesterol reading, leaving them at an increased risk for stroke and heart disease as they grow older. 

This was revealed by a review of federal health data from 2011 to 2014 compiled by a team of researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

On the whole, just a little over 13 per cent of American kids reported unhealthily low levels of high density lipoprotein cholesterol – or good cholesterol – the kind that actually helps in unclogging arteries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that a little more than 8 per cent kids presented too high levels of other cholesterol forms that are harmful for the arteries and over 7 per cent of unhealthily high levels of total cholesterol. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the main reason behind these trends was obesity. For instance, compared to less than 14 per cent of children of normal weight, over 43 per cent of the kids who were obese suffered from some form of abnormal blood cholesterol reading. 

It is not surprising to note, therefore, that as kids aged, the rates of abnormal cholesterol readings increased. For instance, a little over 6 per cent of children between the ages of six and eight presented high levels of harmful cholesterol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that by the times those kids turned 16 or 19 years, that number almost doubled to reach 12 per cent. 

The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that even though there were some differences in cholesterol readings between girls and boys, race did have a role to play. 

Cardiologists have not found the findings surprising.

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