Dyslipidemia in Overweight and Obese School-Aged Children.
Dyslipidemia often affects overweight and obese adolescents and can be present along with hypertension, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. This article is the third of six discussing the comorbidities of childhood obesity and will focus on the individual parts of the lipid profile and the impact of dyslipidemia on the heart and other body systems. Since few pharmacologic therapies are approved to treat dyslipidemia in children and adolescents younger than 18, treatment consists of lifestyle changes that can be supported and modeled by the school nurse. The school nurse can also be an advocate for a healthy lifestyle in the school district and community. More success in the treatment of dyslipidemia will be realized with less attention to changing the individual and more attention to changing the wider populations, including schools and the community.
NASN Sch Nurse
Adolescent; Cardiovascular Diseases; Child; Diet; Dyslipidemias; Humans; Life Style; Motor Activity; Nurse's Role; Overweight; Pediatric Obesity; School Nursing
healthy lifestyles; lipid screening; pediatric dyslipidemia; pediatric obesity comorbidity; pharmacology treatment
Finn P. Dyslipidemia in Overweight and Obese School-Aged Children. NASN Sch Nurse. 2015;30(5):255-257. doi:10.1177/1942602X15588369