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OBJECTIVES: To determine the association between cow's milk-fat and non-high-density lipoprotein (non-HDL) cholesterol, a marker of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in young children, and whether this association is mediated by the typical volume of cow's milk consumed. STUDY DESIGN: A longitudinal study in 2- to 8-year-old children (n = 2890) was conducted through The Applied Research Group for Kids (TARGet Kids!), a practice-based research network in Toronto, Canada. Generalized estimating equations were used to examine the relationship between parent-reported cow's milk-fat percentage intake and serum non-HDL cholesterol concentrations as well as having high non-HDL cholesterol (≥3.75 mmol/L [145 mg/dL]), adjusting for covariates including age, sex, body mass index z score, breastfeeding duration, mother's ethnicity, and parental history of CVD. Bootstrap resampling (10 000 repetitions) was used to assess whether typical volume consumed mediated the association between cow's milk-fat percentage and non-HDL cholesterol. RESULTS: In total, 156 (5.4%) had high non-HDL cholesterol. Each percent increase in cow's milk-fat was associated with a 0.035 mmol/L (1.35 mg/dL) (P 

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Journal article


J Pediatr

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105 - 111.e2


Animals, Body Mass Index, Breast Feeding, Canada, Cardiovascular Diseases, Cardiovascular System, Cattle, Child, Child, Preschool, Cholesterol, Data Collection, Dietary Fats, Female, Humans, Lipoproteins, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Milk, Primary Health Care, Risk Factors, Treatment Outcome