The nutrition committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics has just issued a new set of recommendations for cholesterol screening. The advice of this august body? Screen 2-year-olds for high cholesterol and start prescribing statin drugs at age 8. OK, they are just recommending this for kids with risk factors, such as high LDL cholesterol (the bad one), family history of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, etc. This sounds great for doctors, testing labs, and drug companies. Is it a good idea for kids? Which kids? Who is going to pick up the tab for this?
Next public appearance
This is one of a series of lectures at The Well on Food, Faith, and Planet.
Queen Anne United Methodist Church, 1606 5th Ave West, Seattle.
My talk on the farm bill and SNAP is at 7:00 pm in the church sanctuary, followed by Q and A and a book signing.