Atherosclerosis, Children, Cholesterol, Disease Prevention, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Nutrition Dimension

Children and Cholesterol – Part I

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!

IMPORTANT FACTS

  • “…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

HELPFUL WEBSITES

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!

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