How can I know if my child or teen has high cholesterol?

A blood test is used to measure cholesterol levels, providing information about:

  • Total Cholesterol: The overall amount of cholesterol in the blood, including both LDL and HDL.

  • LDL (bad) Cholesterol: The main source of cholesterol buildup and blockage in the arteries.

  • HDL (good) Cholesterol: Helps remove cholesterol from the arteries.

  • Non-HDL: Total cholesterol minus HDL, including LDL and other types like VLDL.

  • Triglycerides: Another form of fat in the blood that can increase the risk of heart disease.