Study finds many preteens have high cholesterol


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  • Jared from CT SOUTHBURY, CT
    March 28, 2014 12:54 p.m.

    When I was 18 and in the best shape of my life I tested for high cholesterol. Hereditary. I still have high cholesterol, but low triglycerides, and good cardio health. Cholesterol is NOT the problem, inflammation is. Meanwhile, the "cure" (i.e. statins) is worse than the disease. Fact is that studies show that pre-treating high cholesterol with statins prior to evidence of cardiovascular disease is ineffective. Plus, the incidence of stroke and heart attack in people with acceptable cholesterol levels is nearly as high as those with high cholesterol. Also, there are more "types" of cholesterol than just HDL and LDL -- the molecular structure of the cholesterol factors into whether it will contribute to blockages or not. Oh yeah, and cholesterol is essential for cell repair, and plays a role in the prevention of cancer. Bottom line: The "cholesterol is bad" school of thought (i.e. the AMA's de-facto position) is way over-simplified -- to the enrichment of drug companies, and the health detriment of the average American.

  • Steve in Ohio Galloway, OH
    March 28, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    The results of the study suggest that high cholesterol is a symptom of a widespread problem with the American diet (and probably to a lesser extent, exercise). The DN article has a huge emphasis on screening, but would have been more valuable had it focused on what diet changes are needed. If screening doesn't motivate the proper diet changes, it is not the answer. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies need incentives to help Americans eat right. Increasing dependence on statin drugs and surgery means that doctors and pharmaceutical companies may have a disincentive to fix the problem.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 28, 2014 8:36 a.m.

    have they learn to play tag, ride a bike, or have a wagon to pull, Probably not if they don't have a place to play.

  • Wilf 55 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 28, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    High cholesterom among preteens... Not surprising when one looks at what is promoted as tasty food to kids. But also at church we often fail with activity snacks, barbecues, potluck fun, and candy rewards. As Mormons we have the Word of Wisdom, but are its principles always well applied, even in church?