Worrying levels of high cholesterol in children
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide and one of the risk factors for its development is the high blood cholesterol. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the India , reveals worrying levels of high cholesterol in children.
One in five Indian children and adolescents have high levels of total cholesterol, high levels of bad cholesterol and low HDL or good cholesterol, therefore, your arteries and heart health and are at risk. Most of the children had abnormal cholesterol levels were obese or overweight and also to older biggest problems with blood lipids.
This study shows that excess weight is one of the main reasons for problems such as high blood cholesterol are at such an early age and cause health problems among the smallest of the house.
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The data are worrisome because 21% of Indian children and adolescents have altered levels of cholesterol and these are associated with increased cardiovascular risk, not only in childhood but also in adulthood.
In addition, since the prevalence of cholesterol is higher in overweight and obesity, we can assume that not only in the India is the problem, but also here in United State, Spain where 19% of the population suffers from obesity and is expected alarming increase in 2030.
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Therefore, it is crucial that cholesterol levels are controlled not only in adults but also in children, because as has become clear with the data, there are worrying levels of high cholesterol among children.
And as adults responsible for the health of children, we must prevent childhood obesity and instill good habits of exercise and food from the first months of life.