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Cholesterol and Children (cont.)

Cholesterol Level Guidelines for Children

The National Cholesterol Education Program's (NCEP) Expert Panel on Blood Cholesterol in Children and Adolescents endorses these guidelines when measuring cholesterol levels in children. These guidelines are also supported by the major health organizations including the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Acceptable cholesterol levels for adults are different than levels recommended for children and are somewhat higher.

Cholesterol levels in Children and Adolescents Aged 2-19 Years
Cholesterol Acceptable mg/dL Borderline mg/dL (may require moderate changes to diet) High mg/dL (may require changes in diet and possible drug treatment
Total cholesterol Less than 170 170-199 200 or greater
LDL cholesterol Less than 110 110-129 130 or greater

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