The South Asian Heart Center recommends a specific lipid profile for South Asian men and women 18 years and above. Since genetics play a role in both cholesterol levels and heart disease, and most adoptive families don’t know their child’s hereditary risk, it’s recommended they get a child’s cholesterol checked if they see warning signs. Some red flags are weight gain at an unusually fast rate (very common during puberty and is considered normal) or a child with a larger waist (pear-shaped). Cholesterol can checked in kids as young as 10.
It’s important to reduce high cholesterol in children because the condition can lead to narrowed and hardened arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease later in life. The typical recommendations to reverse high cholesterol are to be more physically active, eat healthily and decrease screen time.