How young is too young? Well a panel of doctors is advising that every child be tested for cholesterol from the ages of 9 to 11 to deter the onset of cardiovascular disease in the future. This may sound odd for a parent with today’s fast food diets consisting of fried and greasy foods, and most importantly the lack of supervision of what your kid actually eats when you’re not around. Remember that although you may have your kitchen full of whole wheat foods, nuts, seeds, fruits and other good stuff, your kid may be eating only things that they may be craving which most of the time is not in the interest of their health and they can easily stuff in their mouths. And thus now we see around us the overabundance of children who are moderately to severely overweight wobble around us without a care in the world as they eat what they crave without any adult supervision. Sadly these kids will grow up to have many heart problems ranging from high blood pressure to heart disease and other side effects of obesity such as diabetes.
So the best way to control this is to keep track of your child’s cholesterol intake and level and to screen kid’s ages 9 to 11 because when a child reaches puberty their cholesterol level goes down. Another interesting thing about these findings is that adult heart disease actually begins when you are a kid. So the crucial move for a parent to make is to check their kid’s cholesterol level to avoid and halt the onset of high blood pressure, stroke or heart disease as an adult. If you suspect that your child does have a problem with their cholesterol level because of their current and basically unsupervised diet, and with no fault to the parents because of hectic and long work schedules, enforce a healthier diet, physical activity and for heaven’s sake get them away from all those video games, and television shows that keep them glued to their seats and slowly gain the weight of all the foods that they are snacking on.
The symptoms are easy to identify as family history and obesity or overweight are easy to identify. With adequate diet supervision and also by buying your kids foods that will actually be good for them you should be able to control and regulate your kid’s food intake and not have to go to the extremes of using cholesterol drugs to reduce their by meds.
Remember; you must stop buying those high salt snacks and foods such as chips, cookies, French fries and burgers and better yet if your stuffing your face with these yourself, take a good look at your eating habits and see if your bad eating habits are rubbing off on your kids, and make a change today. For your kids sake.