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The National Lipid Association is urging docs to test tots as young as 2 years old so they can get a jump on cholesterol “treatment.”
In its new guidelines — which no one asked them to write, by the way — the self-appointed Lipid Police say routine screening should begin between the ages of 9 and 11… and that docs should test babies at the age of 2 if there’s a family history of heart disease and high cholesterol.
If you go by mainstream standards, that’s practically everyone these days.
The Cholesterol Kops don’t have any actual clinical evidence that children or babies need to be treated for high cholesterol. They don’t have clinical evidence that high cholesterol is even harmful for children or babies.
They don’t — because there isn’t any.
Even the CDC, which favors statins for just about everyone, says high cholesterol levels in children usually normalize on their own over time — and last year actually cautioned against the knee-jerk treatment of the condition in kids. (Read about it here.)