Cholesterol in Children and Teens
A child may have a higher chance of having Reference high cholesterol Opens New Window if he or she:
- Is Reference overweight Opens New Window.
- Does not exercise much.
- Does not eat healthy foods.
- Has a family history of high cholesterol.
Cholesterol tests for children and teens
Your child's doctor may suggest a cholesterol test based on your child's age, family history, or a physical exam. A cholesterol test can help a doctor find out early if your child has a cholesterol level that could affect his or her health.
Cholesterol levels for children and teens
For children and teens:Reference 2
|Total cholesterol||LDL (bad) cholesterol|
Less than 170 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)
Less than 110 mg/dL
200 or above
130 or above
The goal numbers for HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides can depend on your child's age and gender. But in general:
- HDL (good) cholesterol should be higher than 40 mg/dL.
- Triglyceride levels should be below 130 mg/dL.
Treatment for high cholesterol
Treatment for high cholesterol typically includes changes in diet and increased physical activity. Work with your doctor or a dietitian to make diet changes so that your child can get proper nutrition while trying to lower cholesterol.
Less commonly, medicines, such as a Reference statin Opens New Window, may be used to help lower cholesterol levels.
If you have concerns about your child's cholesterol, talk with your doctor.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 29, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology