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high cholesterol in children
Posted by: Celeste
Date: March 6, 2001 7:12 PM

My 5 year old has just completed his annual physical with an overall excellent report except for the high cholesterol (total 247). This is the second physical exam with nearly the identical cholesterol reading. His eating habits are excellent, a lot of vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and quality proteins. Our family history both maternal and paternal is cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Having read Dr. Ron Kennedy's articles on "Vitamin C and Vascular Disease," how should I implement his "program for reversal of heart disease" for use in the prevention of these diseases in a 45 lb., otherwise healthy 5 year old?

RE: high cholesterol in children
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 6, 2001 11:07 PM

It is never too early to start vitamin C supplementation. Atherosclerosis has been demonstrated to begin in childhood in many people. We are one of only four mammalian species which has lost the ability to manufacture ascorbate and of those four species, we are the only one which consumes a low vitamin C diet. Also, L-arginine is a very important supplement in the prevention of vascular disease. It is converted to nitric oxide which is what the body uses to keep the vascular intima health. Given what children are being fed in America these days, you can bank on a tremendous rate of vascular disease in 30-60 years, even more than we have now. In my opinion, good dietary habits are the best physical legacy you can leave your children. Cultivate in them a love of healthy food and you will produce healthy adults. Soda pop, pizza, etc. are anything but an expression of love for children. Also, don't forget to cultivate a love of physical activity. As he matures his love of activity should transform into discipline which results in daily exercise. The best way to develop these qualities in your children is to practice them yourself.

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