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Should All Children Have Their Cholesterol Checked?

The current generation of American kids may be one of the first generations to be less healthy and have shorter lifespans than their parents.

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Here are the links to the videos I referred to:
• Heart Disease Starts in Childhood (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/heart-disease-starts-in-childhood/)
• How Many Meet the Simple Seven? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-many-meet-the-simple-seven/)

And you think atherosclerosis by age 10 is bad, check out Heart Disease May Start in the Womb (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/heart-disease-may-start-in-the-womb).

What adverse effects are they talking about with the cholesterol-lowering drugs? See Statin Muscle Toxicity (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/statin-muscle-toxicity/). I don’t think most people realize (doctors and patients both!) how relatively ineffective these drugs are. Watch, for example, The Actual Benefit of Diet vs. Drugs (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-actual-benefit-of-diet-vs-drugs).

Cholesterol can do more than just build up and block of our arteries. See Cholesterol Crystals May Tear Through Our Artery Lining (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/cholesterol-crystals-may-tear-though-our-artery-lining/).

So, what’s the Optimal Cholesterol Level? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/optimal-cholesterol-level). See the video!

Does Cholesterol Size Matter? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Does-Cholesterol-Size-Matter). Video on that too!

Let’s take a step back, though. What about all the flat earther “cholesterol skeptics”? How do We Know that Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-do-we-know-that-cholesterol-causes-heart-disease) That’s the subject of my next video!

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  1. Why don’t pediatricians follow the advice of their own Board?

  2. I'm eating cereal Rn and your atherosclerosis picture is highly disgusting me

  3. This is like the medical version of Scared Straight.

  4. I am a 21 year old vegan who is generally healthy and exercises a few times a week. Would there ever be a reason for someone like me to ever go to a cardiologist later in life?

  5. Ignorant rants are when free speech goes wrong, it's intriguing how vegans who are self-claimed compassionate humans attack others based upon pure ignorance. Some vegans have to work twice as hard to undo the damage that is caused by so-called advocates of love and kindness 🤦🏽‍♂️

  6. Thank god I went vegan at the beginning of age 14. With 11 I already had high blood pressure. I must have had that pizza looking fat inside of me. For sure!

    Whole plant-based ♡♥♡

  7. Btw leave those kids alone.  Let them live their lives.

  8. My cholesterol is great, and I eat meat on occasion and goat cheese.

  9. Thanks Dr. Greger. Love your videos. My two kids (6 and 8) have never had meat in their lives and have been 100% vegan for 2 years now. Despite that I'm a single mom with no time to help with their homework so they are fully self driven, they excel at school and are top of the class for math and my daughter mastered reading very early. My son mastered the rubix cube last year. They never get sick, not even little colds and go to public school. They both are thriving and full of energy. I don't believe they have any blockages like this and this makes me feel like I am really helping them with something so important – setting them up for a lifetime of wellness. I hope we can be an example of thriving on plants because I still hear people thinking they need animal products to be healthy, not realizing it works the other way around.

  10. my son had cholesterol at 10! no junk food and plenty of exercise. The problem was genetics plus chicken breast in his diet. 6 months later he went vegetarian and cholesterol was 150 not 200. Now he has been vegan for 3 years and is super healthy and tall as a 17 year old

  11. No mention of the calcification of the arteries? No mention of vitamin K2? No mention of inflammation? Come on Doc your bias is blinding you to the rest of the story, there is MUCH more to this problem than just cholesterol.

  12. I ALWAYS blame the parents, as children do not make their own food choices, nor do they purchase nor cook their own food.

  13. Can someone help with my discouragement ?
    I watch my friends and co workers eat eggs,bacon,bread white of course, pizza,ham n cheese on white bread rolls, chicken, fried chicken, steaks,hotdogs,burgers,chips,french fries, and everything with cholesterol,
    And yet we compare dr visit cholesterol numbers and they're at total 160-170.
    They're mostly over weight fat bellies and almost completely sedentary.
    I'm always at 200. I know I eat much healthier then they do and I swim and walk. Wtf.

  14. I thought cholesterol was no longer a biomarker of concern…?

  15. Great points for those of us with infants just starting to eat solid foods. Start they early. Fruits. Vegetables. Early and often!

  16. This is totally insane. Children need cholesterol for brain development and for growing bodies. They need it so much, that every cell in the body produces it.

  17. "sigh" I watched a Webinar about the dietary guidelines sponsored by someone who consults for the beef board, dairy counsel, and yogurt board….but had no conflicts of interest 🙂 I love it – note – sarcasm – But I got a free credit from it!!!! – thanks !!!

  18. oh did I mention that statin drugs cause erectile dysfunction as well?

  19. Yes you're right about the American diet and lifestyle, but cholesterol is not the problem…you gotta look what caused the cholesterol to build up and why? nobody talks about that…"just give em statin drugs and it will lower cholesterol…and fertility and give you alzheimer's disease"…says the almighty MD
    …CHOLESTEROL IS NOT THE PROBLEM!!! CHOLESTEROL IS TRYING TO SAVE YOU. Do some research before you go on or give your kids statin drugs.

  20. You sound like you're taking a crap while talking…

  21. That intro was fabulous, made me chuckle. Well done, Dr.Greger! 😂

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