MSNBC reported (via Reuters) U.S. children showing hardening of arteries which included a grim report from a presentation at the annual American Heart Association meeting - "Children with risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol and diabetes, are showing signs of narrowing and hardening of the arteries, conditions normally associated with adults...[a]n increasing number of children suffer from these and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including obesity, but testing for future heart conditions is not standard practice."
At the center of the article is this easily glossed over tidbit - "Testing should include regular blood lipid and glucose level testing, said the report’s lead author, Sanaz Piran, a resident at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Earlier treatment could include more aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, she said."
Have we lost our minds?
Let's just medicate the problem away instead of getting at the real cause - a poor diet.