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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

Should children have cholesterol checks just as adults do?

Answer

​Young children with a strong family history of heart disease or lipid disorders may need to have a cholesterol test. These children need to be checked between 2 and 10 years of age. All children should have cholesterol levels checked again later in adolescence.

Click here to see what are considered acceptable, borderline, and high cholesterol levels.

Additional Information:

Source: Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know (Copyright © American Academy of Pediatrics 2011)