A recent study has concluded that 1 in 5 teens has cholesterol problems. This was defined at either low HDLs (good cholesterol), high LDL (bad cholesterol) or high triglycerides. Of course they treatment of choice is statins like lipitor “when diet and exercise” are not enough. I have two problems with this.
1. I work with hundreds of people who have high cholesterol and rarely are they counseled on diet and exercise before told they must be on a statin type medication. It is as if traditional medicine only sees the drugs as solutions. If they are told about diet, they are told to eat a low fat diet which is incorrect. Studies do not support that this is a more effective way of controlling blood lipids over a low carbohydrate diet. What makes us think it will be any different for children?
2. Statin medications have not been tested for safety in children. The list of side effects is very long for statins and subjecting children as young as 8 to these medications is potentially dangerous and could slow their growth.
What should happen is that people need to be taught to eat properly and exercise correctly. Click below for the entire story from CNN.com.