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What causes high triglycerides and cholesterol in a child?

My son just turned 12 on Nov. 22, and is 200 lbs. and 5 10. His triglycerides were 419, and cholesterol was 215. He basically gets no excercise, diabetes runs in the family. But, still, even though many people never exercise, but they don t get triglycerides that high. How worried should I be? Could it be diabetes? Could he have liver problems? Tell me what to do.
Mon, 9 Sep 2019
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Hi,

It is right to be concerned. Your child has both hypertriglyceridemia and high cholesterol. It is worrisome. Your child had more weight. You have to take him to a dietician and get proper diet charting. He should lose weight.

Also, he should have adequate exercise playing games as children of his age. This would help immensely. Also, he should be looked into familial hypertriglyceridemia and other disorders. His full lipid profile should be investigated. Take your child to an endocrinologist.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Vrukshal, Pediatric Critical Care Specialist
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