ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It’s not just adults that have to worry about high cholesterol levels. Nearly one-third of children are at-risk for cardiovascular problems, according to the American College of Cardiology.
Last year, researchers studied more than 12,000 kids ages 9 to 11. They found 30 percent of those tested had borderline or abnormal cholesterol levels.
Experts say the greatest predictor of high cholesterol in adulthood is the rate in childhood.
Only 1 to 2 percent of high cholesterol in children is inherited. Scientists say the rest is caused by obesity, lack of exercise and poor diet.
In the meantime, there might be some good news for people taking medication for high cholesterol.
Dr. Richard Lee, a cardiac surgeon at Saint Louis University Hospital, visits Fox 2 News in the Morning to discuss a pair of new drugs that could help.