13 Myths -- and Facts -- About Lowering High Cholesterol

About half of all Americans have cholesterol that's too high. Here's how to sort fact from fiction when it comes to managing yours (14 Photos)

Arricca SanSone on Nov 21, 2011 at 1:33PM

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13 Myths -- and Facts -- About Lowering High Cholesterol

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Myth: Kids Don't Get High Cholesterol

Truth: Absolutely anyone, at any age, can have high cholesterol. Just like adults, a lack of exercise, being overweight and unhealthy eating habits can affect a child’s cholesterol levels. And it’s no surprise that kids in families with a history of heart disease are at greater risk for developing heart disease as adults. All kids, regardless of family history, should be screened for cholesterol levels between ages 9 and 11, and again between 17 and 21, according to new guidelines endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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