Now that I’m a Certified Health Education Specialist, I have 75 credit hours to fulfill within a 5-year time frame. I really wanted to expand my knowledge on nutrition in children. I perused the Internet and found a Childhood & Adolescent Nutrition class through Nutrition Dimension. One of the chapters stopped me in my tracks – Cholesterol and Children. I was actually shocked by some of the information. Keep this in the back of your mind -> high cholesterol, which leads to many chronic diseases, is PREVENTABLE!
- “…be concerned about what a child eats today because it can increase his risk of having cardiovascular disease in the future.”
- “…atherosclerotic process begins in childhood and progresses slowly into adulthood.”
- “It’s much safer and far less costly to prevent blockage in the first place rather than rely on heroic medical intervention after a heart attack or stroke. That is why as health care professionals we should encourage children and their families to avoid consuming a diet in fat especially saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol.”
- “At birth, total cholesterol is about 70 mg/dl, of which half is HDL.”
- “The process of cholesterol deposition in major arteries begins in childhood.”
Source: Good and Bad Cholesterol
- High Cholesterol in Children
- National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
- Cholesterol and Atherosclerosis in Children
- National Cholesterol Education Program
- Clinical Report – Lipid Screening and Cardiovascular Health in Childhood
In the next post, Children and Cholesterol – Part II, I’ll concentrate on ways to lower your cholesterol. If you have any questions, please let me know!