Statins for Kids? No F-ing Way!
The nation’s pediatricians are recommending wider cholesterol screening for children and more aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs starting as early as the age of 8 in hopes of preventing adult heart problems.Puh-leez!
The new guidelines were to be issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday.
When I'm presented with a patient whose med list is as long as my arm, one of my favorite things to do is go through it and take people OFF meds. Duplicative therapy; unnecessary poly-pharmacy; relieving medication side effects by stopping the drug -- and perhaps one or two more begun to combat those side effects. I love it!
Before I start any 8-year-old on a statin drug for his cholesterol, I'm going to first suggest stopping all video games and discontinuing all TV. Then I would prescribe 3-4 hours/day of running around outside in the sunshine (with sunscreen, of course) possibly supplemented by 1-2 hours in a swimming pool or ocean. Other things I'd like to see on that kid's med list -- before statins! -- would include:
- biking (with helmet, please)
- hide & seek
- daydreaming in a hammock
- catching frogs
Statins for kids. Sheesh!!