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High Triglycerides in Children

Pediatric Preventive Cardiology

High Triglycerides in Children

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Many things affect your child's chances of having heart disease as an adult. Some risk factors, such as family history, cannot be changed. There are some risk factors, such as diet and activity level, that can be changed.

Triglycerides are fats found in your food. Your liver can make them from extra calories and sugars in your diet. They are also found in extra body fat. When triglycerides levels are high, HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels tend to be low.

For more information on cholesterol, healthy eating and exercise, visit HealthDecision and click on “Handouts."

Heart Health for Kids: Elevated Triglycerides

Heart Health for Kids: Low HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) 

Fish Oil

For some types of abnormal cholesterol it may be recommended that your child take fish oil supplements:

Please check with your child's health care provider before starting a supplement.

Lifestyle Factors

Fitness, Screen Time and Healthy Eating