Statins not advised for use in kids with common cholesterol problems

July 15, 2008

National Lipid Association issued a statement regarding new cholesterol guidelines for children.

The National Lipid Association (NLA) has issued a statement regarding the new cholesterol guidelines for children that the American Academy of Pediatrics released on July 7. NLA said that much of the controversy surrounding the AAP guidelines appears to stem from a misinterpretation regarding the use of statins and other lipid-lowering drugs. These are options for managing specific genetic hypercholesterolemias and severe hypertriglyceridemias. Children with common dyslipidemias should not be routinely managed with drugs, as diet and exercise remain the best treatment options.

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