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Evaluation of Serum Lipid Profiles in Turkish Children Aged Two to Eighteen Years



Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate dyslipidaemia in children according to age, gender, percentiles, mother’s education level, breastfeeding duration and areas of residence.

Methods: A total of 285 children (137 girls; 148 boys), aged between two and 18 years, were enrolled in this cross-sectional, epidemiologic study. Lipid profiles were assessed and its relation with sociodemographic features was evaluated.

Results: The prevalance of dyslipidaemia was 37.4% (n = 107). High very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C) and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels are related with percentiles of the children (p = 0.006, p = 0.03, respectively). Gender was a significant factor for VLDL-C, which was higher in girls than boys (p = 0.04). Total cholesterol levels were high in 14 children (4.9%); 72 of the study group (25.3%) had high triglysceride levels; HDL-C levels were low in 52 children (18.2%).

Conclusion: All the parameters of dyslipidaemia are not so high in our region. However, as early detection of dyslipidaemia should begin in childhood, we should perform periodic checks to prevent cardiovascular risks.

23 Jun, 2014
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