Cholesterol and Children (cont.)
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Dietary Guidelines for Lowering Cholesterol in Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends dietary steps to lower cholesterol as follows:
This Step I Diet should be followed for at least 3 months. If cholesterol testing at that time does not show LDL cholesterol in an acceptable range, the child's health care professional may recommend a more restrictive Step 2 Diet.
The Step 2 Diet requires detailed assessment of current eating patterns. Sometimes counseling with a health care professional or registered dietitian helps the family adjust. This Step 2 Diet restricts saturated fats to less than 7% of total calories from fat and no more than 200 mg per day of cholesterol in food. This eating pattern requires careful planning to make sure your child is getting the right balance of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Changes in diet that lower fat, particularly saturated fat, and cholesterol levels, combined with regular exercise and avoidance of smoking, have been shown to improve high cholesterol and LDL levels in children and teens. The good news is that if these changes are carried into adult life, they may reduce your child's risk for coronary heart disease.
If you help your child reduce total cholesterol levels and LDL, you can greatly lower the risk for coronary heart disease.
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