The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending
cholesterol lowering drugs in some kids as young as 8 years in order to avoid
Dr. Stephen Daniels, of the academy's nutrition
committee, said the new guidelines were being issued as evidence indicated that
damage to the heart begins early in life.
"If we are more aggressive about this in childhood,
I think we can have an impact on what happens later in life ... and avoid some
of these heart attacks and strokes in adulthood," Daniels said.
The main criteria for recommending drugs for kids will be
levels of LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, obesity and high blood
The AAP also
recommends low-fat milk for 1-year-old and routine cholesterol testing for