Testing Kid’s Cholesterol

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Testing Kid’s Cholesterol

  1. Dana Wollney
    December 14, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    The idea is NOT to give kids statins. The last recommendation I saw was medication would be recommended if the LDL cholesterol was > 190. That’s the LDL cholesterol, not the TOTAL cholesterol. I think I’ve seen that about TWICE in a quarter century. The idea is to give extra encouragement for parents to get their kids on a better diet, and to be aware of the child’s tendency toward high cholesterol. I don’t know if this is the right approach – I can see problems. (For example, will we be inadvertantly implying that Johnny is OK with the 100 grams of sat fat/day, while brother Jimmy needs to eat only salads w/o dressing?) But this is NOT a push to give kids statins.

    • Doug Farrago
      December 15, 2011 at 5:06 am

      I believe in their good intentions. I do. But this is how bad things start. The answer, obviously, is to fix our diets. That is a whole other topic but what doctor can NOT give meds if little Johnny continues to have high LDL? And you know, as well as I do, that he will. And by the way, we never really saw type 2 DM in this age group either. Thanks for your thoughts, Dana!

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