Preventive heart health tips for kids

High cholesterol is a condition most people wouldn't think affects children, but children can indeed have high levels of cholesterol particularly if they are overweight, obese or have a history of family hypercholesterolemia -- an inherited disorder where the body is unable to remove low-density lipoprotein ("bad" cholesterol).

Laurie Malinowski, APN, MSN, CPNP, a pediatric nurse practitioner for Lurie Children's Preventive Cardiology Program, says, "A diet high in processed food, sugar and saturated (from animals) fat can cause elevated lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides). Genes can also play a role."

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