Cholesterol is something that many adults are aware of, and take into consideration for themselves. What many adults are not aware of, however, is that cholesterol levels in their children are important too.
Evidence shows that the process of atherosclerosis (build up of fatty plaque in the arteries) begins in childhood and continues to progress with adulthood. This can often lead to coronary heart disease which is the leading cause of death in the U.S (approximately 425,500/year). Coronary heart disease affects 17.6 million U.S. adults.
The cholesterol numbers you should keep in mind for children 2-19 are:
Total cholesterol (mg/dL)
Acceptable — less than 170
Borderline — 170-199
High — 200 or greater
LDL cholesterol (mg/dL)
Acceptable — less than 110
Borderline — 110-129
High — 130 or greater
Information for this article was found through the American Heart Association. To read the AHA’s full article, click here.