2010-01-30

why teens have elderly cholesterol levels

1.22: news.health/cancer/teen cholesterol:
One-fifth of US teens have unhealthy cholesterol
Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:15pm EST
(Corrects AAP recommendations in fifth and sixth paragraphs)
WASHINGTON (Reuters)
- One in five American teens has unhealthy cholesterol levels,
a major risk factor for heart disease in adults,
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.
The heavier teens were,
the more likely they were to have high cholesterol
but even 14 percent of teens with normal body weight
were found to have unhealthy cholesterol levels, the CDC said.
CDC researchers studied data on 3,125 teens
collected from the
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
for 1999 through 2006.
They found that 20.3 percent of young people aged 12 to 19
and more boys than girls
had unhealthy cholesterol levels.
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