Study Percentage Of Children Missing Cholesterol Screening

07.12.10 | FL News Team

With the rate of childhood obesity at 20-percent in the U.S., screening children earlier for cholesterol has become important.  But a new study by researchers at West Virginia University involving 20-thousand fifth grade students in that state finds that current guidelines may miss ten-percent of children who have high levels of cholesterol.

Guidelines now in place uses a child's family history of heart disease as a marker.  The new study suggests that more specific standards should be enacted to assure all children at risk will be tested.  The study appears in its entirety in the August issue of "Pediatrics."