Why bother teaching kids to eat right. Let them eat all the junk they want and then prescribe them meds just like their fat parents. Get this. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending giving children as young as 8 cholesterol-fighting drugs. The Associated Press reports:
Several of these drugs are approved for use in children and data show that increasing numbers are using them.
"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. He has worked as a consultant to Abbott Laboratories and Merck & Co., but not on matters involving their cholesterol drugs.
Drug treatment would generally be targeted for kids at least 8 years old who have too much LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, along with other risky conditions, including obesity and high blood pressure.
For overweight children with too little HDL, the "good" cholesterol, the first course of action should be weight loss, more physical activity and nutritional counseling, the academy says.
Pediatricians should routinely check the cholesterol of children with a family history of inherited cholesterol disease or with parents or grandparents who developed heart disease at an early age, the recommendations say. Screening also is advised for kids whose family history isn't known and those who are overweight, obese or have other heart disease risk factors.
Well, if it wasn’t official before. It sure is now! American medicine has gone nucking futs! No doubt, drug companies have their hands in this—it reeks of their stink. Now, I also read about this on the Well blog. Check this out:
The guidelines give no guidance on how long a child should stay on drug treatment. But they do say the first goal should be to lower bad cholesterol levels to less than 160 milligrams or possibly as low as 110 milligrams in children with a strong family history of heart disease or other risk factors like obesity.
Because statins have been around since only the mid-1980s, there is no evidence to show whether giving statins to a child will lower the risk for heart attack in middle age.
Clearly there is plenty of merit behind this recommendation—give me a break!
UPDATE: More from Dr. Fuhrman: My Thoughts on Giving Children Cholesterol Drugs.