Published: Apr 03, 2014 8:40 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- High cholesterol is a main risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It's rare for a child to develop cardiovascular disease, but high cholesterol greatly increases their risk for the condition later in life.  

Dr. Annette St. Pierre-Mackoul joined WINK News This Moring to talk more about it. St. Pierre-Mackoul says one in three children in the U.S. have high cholesterol.
In a study involving over 12,000 children aged 9 to 11 years old researchers found cholesterol and obesity are increasing. By treating it in childhood, the risk of having high cholesterol in adulthood decreased.

In that same study, researchers found between one and two percent of children require medication. Most others can keep their high cholesterol in check with a healthy diet and exercise.

Another study is also out about allergies and stress. Some allergies include dust, drugs, food, insect venom, mold, animal dander and pollen. The study caused that stress sometimes make allergies worse, depending on the level of stress.

Meditation and coping mechanisms like deep breathing help, and you should avoid smoking and caffeine.