Panel: Kids Should Receive Cholesterol Tests by Age 11
A panel appointed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is recommending that children be screened for high cholesterol between ages nine and 11 and again between ages 17 and 21 in an effort to address cardiovascular disease. The panel also recommends screening for diabetes every two years beginning at age nine for children who are overweight or obese or have other risks for diabetes, such as family history. The American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed the guidelines.
- "Doctors: Test All Kids for Cholesterol by Age 11" (Marchione/Tanner, AP/Miami Herald, 11/11).
- "Panel Urges Cholesterol Testing for Kids" (Winslow/Corbett Dooren, Wall Street Journal, 11/12).
- "Children Should Be Screened for Cholesterol, Panel Says" (Roan, Los Angeles Times, 11/11).