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Kids' High Cholesterol May Drop Naturally

Very high cholesterol levels in kids may decline over time without intervention, researchers have found.  The findings add to an ongoing debate over whether cholesterol-lowering drugs are appropriate for children.

The new study shows that after a few years, some children with high cholesterol would no longer be considered for drug treatment according to guidelines.

Reuters reports:

“... CDC researchers examined how cholesterol levels changed over time in a group of more than 6,800 children ... The kids were tested five times on average, and about half of them also had measurements done as adults ... [A]s time went by, the differences in cholesterol between kids tended to shrink, with very high levels slumping and low levels rising ... The biggest drops were seen in kids who initially had very high cholesterol”.

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