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Warning signs indicating high cholesterol level.


To develop healthy cells, your body need cholesterol, a waxy substance present in the blood. High cholesterol, on the other hand, might cause fatty deposits in your blood vessels. These deposits can sometimes rupture and form a clot, resulting in a heart attack or stroke. To avoid difficulties, it's critical to bring your cholesterol levels out of the danger zone.

While not all cholesterol is harmful to your health, the type known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is harmful and can increase your chance of developing health problems. As a result, it's critical to monitor your levels with regular blood testing.

Causes Of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol can be inherited or caused by bad lifestyle choices including smoking, inactivity, or being overweight or obese. High cholesterol can be reduced by a nutritious diet, frequent exercise, and, in some cases, medication.

Due to the lack of symptoms, this health condition is commonly referred to as "silent." To detect elevated cholesterol levels, a blood test is required. There are, however, some warning indications that may appear in your body. These may aid in the early detection of elevated cholesterol.

Signs And Symptoms

1. Numbness in led and feet

The sensation of numbness in your legs and feet could be a sign of elevated cholesterol. This indicates that plaque has formed in your arteries and other blood vessels. Blood flow disruptions can prevent oxygen-rich blood from reaching the arms and feet, resulting in pain and an unpleasant tingling sensation. Cramping, non-healing sores, and cold legs or feet are some indications and symptoms of the disease on the legs and feet.

2. Pale nails

It is this plaque deposited in your arteries that makes the arteries narrow, with large deposits blocking them completely. When the extra cholesterol narrows or blocks your arteries, it limits the blood flow to various parts of your body, including your nails. This can leave your nails with dark lines underneath them. These are thin, red to reddish-brown lines under your nails, as per MedlinePlus. These lines usually run in the direction of nail growth.

3. Stroke and heart attack

Other major problems signalling the plaque formation can be cases of stroke and heart attacks. A blocked artery to your heart can cause a heart attack. A blocked artery to your brain can cause a stroke. Many people don’t discover that they have high cholesterol until they suffer one of these life-threatening events. According to a new Yale-led study, high cholesterol is associated with a greater risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in women.

How To Reduce Cholesterol

A healthy lifestyle and medications prescribed by your doctor are the best ways to lower cholesterol. On a personal level, you can adopt the following lifestyle modifications to maintain healthy cholesterol levels:

1. Do not consume alcohol or tobacco.

2. Consume a diet rich in fiber and low in saturated fats.

4. Get regular exercise

5. Keep a healthy weight.

Content created and supplied by: HealthyFit (via Opera News )


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