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Your Health: Cholesterol a concern for all ages

A Soda Creek Elementary School student prepares to eat a healthy lunch Friday afternoon. Craig pediatrician Kristie Yarmer said cholesterol tests for kids used to be a “highly unusual

Healthy screening levels for children

Cholesterol

LDL: ≤ 110

HDL: ≥ 45

Overall: ≤ 170

Overall cholesterol between 170 and 200 is borderline, and above 200 is considered too high.

Triglycerides

Ages 0 to 9: ≤ 75

Ages 10 to 19: ≤ 90

Triglyceride levels above 100 are too high for younger children, and above 130 is too high for adolescents.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics





A Soda Creek Elementary School student prepares to eat a healthy lunch Friday afternoon. Craig pediatrician Kristie Yarmer said cholesterol tests for kids used to be a "highly unusual," but now, it's almost a necessity, particularly if there's a troublesome family history.
Scott Franz