Author: Sarah de Ferranti

Ask the expert: How to handle teen’s high cholesterol

Advice from Boston Children's doctors on what to do when your teen has high cholesterol
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: SEBASTIAN STANKIEWICZ/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Our pediatrician checked our teenager’s cholesterol and it came back high. What should we do?

Anxious parents

In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended routine cholesterol screening for all young people ages 9-11 and 17-21 years. Since then, we have seen many more young people screened for cholesterol problems, although overall screening rates remain low. Cholesterol is an important part of heart health, along with having a healthy diet, exercise, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and avoiding all tobacco products. When doctors check cholesterol, it is important to think about all of these healthy heart factors.

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