Pediatric Lipid Disorders

Care for Children with High Blood Cholesterol or Fats

Children with high levels of cholesterol or other fats in their blood cannot be treated like small adults; they need a different approach that considers their growing bodies. At Duke Children’s, you’ll work with experts in who specialize in treating children with lipid disorders. We design a personalized treatment plan that incorporates healthy eating, exercise, and lifestyle changes to ensure your child’s optimal health and well-being.

Leading Care for Children with Lipid Disorders

Duke Children’s is the only hospital in North Carolina region to offer specialized care for children’s lipid disorders. And, we’re ranked among the nation’s best hospitals for pediatric diabetes and endocrinology care by U.S. News & World Report. That’s because we offer comprehensive care, delivered by a team that specializes in treating children.

  • Our pediatric endocrinologists evaluate your child’s overall health and work with pediatricians and other specialists -- such as heart or kidney doctors -- as needed to give your child complete care. Your child’s endocrinologist works closely with dietitians and specialists in childhood obesity and exercise to design your child’s treatment plan.
  • Your child has access to the latest treatments. Our pediatric endocrinologists are also researchers who are dedicated to improving care for children with lipid conditions. They have extensive experience in childhood obesity, pediatric endocrine disorders, and nutrition. That means your child receives attention from doctors who are on the leading edge of medicine for children with high levels of blood fats or cholesterol. 

Pediatric Lipid Disorders We Treat

We treat all types of lipid disorders in children, including:

  • High cholesterol, or hypercholesterolemia (high blood levels of cholesterol)
  • High triglycerides, or hypertriglyceridemia (high blood levels of triglycerides, a type of fat)
  • Lipid abnormalities associated with diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome (a combination of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat)
  • Children with family history of early cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks or strokes

Care Process

Your child’s treatment will depend on their family health history, age, and specific health considerations.

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