Should Children Really Get Drug Therapy For Cholesterol?

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Should Children Really Get Drug Therapy For Cholesterol?

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Should Children Really Get Drug Therapy For Cholesterol? Wednesday July 9, 2008#spacer{clear:left}#abc #sidebar{margin-top:1.5em}zSB(3,3)The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a controversial set of recommendations last week regarding the treatment of lipid abnormalities in children. The new recommendations, apparently stimulated by growing concern over childhood obesity and the potential for premature cardiovascular disease, call for the much earlier and more widespread usage of lipid lowering drugs – especially statins – in pre-adolescents. These recommendations seem a “tad” aggressive to many observers, including many pediatricians and cardiologists, who have already begun to protest loudly about them. So once again parents are left wondering what to do. Should you insist that your pediatrician follow the new AAP guidelines? Or should you insist that they not follow the guideline

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