The problems with this? Let me count the ways:
- There is no known "healthy" cholesterol level for kids, so what is high? Most agree that kids need more cholesterol for proper brain and tissue development.
- They (doctors, etc) claim that the prescription of statins is "to combat the obesity epidemic," but the last time I checked, statins have no affect on weight and have a negative affect on general health.
- Statins mess up nutrient synthesis and absorption. While this is an issue in adults, I would think it would be doubly pertinent in developing children, especially those who are pre-pubescent.
- Statins often cause infertility. So yeah, lets give them to our kids just when their reproductive systems are getting revved up.
- Most recently, statins have been shown to cause type 2 diabetes, something our kids are already at higher risk of developing than in the past.
- Statins also damage muscle tissue and can impair mental function.
- Statins and CoQ10 on Cholesterol and Health, by Chris Masterjohn
- FDA report on new statin risks. It's a little clinical, but note the special emphasis on monitoring mental function and blood glucose- direct reactions to the newly reported side effects of increased risk of mental impairment and type 2 diabetes.
- More studied side effects of statins found in San Diego study.