Cholesterol in Children and Teens
A child may have a higher chance of having high cholesterol if he or she:
Cholesterol tests for children and teens
Your child's doctor may suggest a cholesterol test based on your child's age, family history, or a physical exam. A cholesterol test can help a doctor find out early if your child has a cholesterol level that could affect his or her health.
Cholesterol levels for children and teens
For children and teens:2
The goal numbers for HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides can depend on your child's age and gender. But in general:
Treatment for high cholesterol
Treatment for high cholesterol typically includes changes in diet and increased physical activity. Work with your doctor or a dietitian to make diet changes so that your child can get proper nutrition while trying to lower cholesterol.
Less commonly, medicines, such as a statin, may be used to help lower cholesterol levels.
If you have concerns about your child's cholesterol, talk with your doctor.
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