A new study showed that there is finally something good to talk about with regards to cholesterol – it’s getting lower in kids. Elevated total cholesterol dropped to 8.1% for kids ages 6 – 19 from 2007 to 2010 compared with 11% from 1988 to 1994. This study was in the JAMA and is a 28% reduction over the past 20 years.
This is really great news. The reason is believed to be due to fast foods having lowered the amount of trans fats they contain. So even though obesity is about the same, cholesterol levels and therefore the risk of heart disease are on the decline.
This study shows that if you choose your food wisely, no matter your age, you will have the best chance for a longer and healthier life. As Hippocrates said thousands of years ago, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”