9 Signs & Symptoms of high cholesterol YOU MUST NOT IGNORE
We all know how high cholesterol can harm the human body. High cholesterol in the body can be caused by an over-consumption of fatty foods and a lack of fruits and vegetables. Bad habits, a lazy lifestyle, and excess weight can make the situation even worse.
The first thing you should do if your worried is visit your doctor who can undertake a blood test to help monitor the level of cholesterol and reveal any changes in a timely manner. Even if you feel well, your body will definitely give you a signal if there is an increase in the cholesterol level.
Below are 9 symptoms of high cholesterol you should never ignore:
1. Heart palpitations
We tend to associate an increased heart rate with physical exertion. This phenomenon is quite normal and should not cause any concern. However, if you constantly feel heart palpitations even when you are not physically active, it means that your heart has to work with increased intensity and pump blood more quickly. This is due to the fact the vessels are clogged with cholesterol. Heart palpitations are often accompanied by severe pain in the left side of the chest.
2. Tingling in the limbs
If your arms and legs are often tingling, you need to check your cholesterol levels. When your blood vessels are blocked by cholesterol, the peripheral nerves don’t get the proper level of oxygen they require, resulting in the tingling.
A lipoma is a tumor made of fatty tissue. Lipomas develop in the area between the skin and the muscle tissue. They usually develop in the neck, arms and legs, and the abdominal region. If you discover a lipoma in any part of your body, it's time to visit a doctor for a blood test.
4. Grey ring around the iris
Most often, the formation of a "ring" around the iris is an age-related change. If you are not 45 yet but the ring is there, you probably have a high cholesterol level.
5. Bumps on the eyelids
If you notice a tiny pimple formation on your eyelids, take a closer look and examine its color. A yellowish color indicates an increase in cholesterol. However, these bumps do not affect the eyesight in any way. One of the options for getting rid of the bumps on your eyelids is a cosmetological intervention. However, you'd better completely eliminate the problem by normalizing your blood composition.
6. Pain in the upper parts of the spine
Unpleasant sensations in the back of the head, neck, shoulder girdle and upper spine indicate insufficient blood flow. Another symptom may be dizziness, which can be explained by poor nutrition of the brain.
7. Lack of appetite and excess weight
Disorders in the metabolism of lipids create favorable conditions for the accumulation of fats in the abdominal cavity. In addition, due to the reduced ability of the gastrointestinal tract to digest food, food lingers in the intestine longer than necessary. As a result, a person has a feeling of satiety most of the time while the body mass continues to grow. In addition, people with high cholesterol have loose stools.
8. Fatigue and excessive emotions
Due to chronic digestive problems, the body does not receive sufficient energy for it to function normally. Other symptoms of high cholesterol include frequent mood swings, a short attention span, poor memory, and depression.
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More of sign than a symptom
Eating plenty of unhealthy foods often, smoking and alcohol abuse are the 3 big factors for high cholesterol levels. Cholesterol also depends on our genes – about 1 in 500 people are genetically predisposed to high cholesterol, and will experience it regardless of their lifestyle.
Pay attention to your legs
In addition to affecting the heart, high cholesterol can also cause problems with your legs. In particular, it can lead to peripheral arterial disease (PAD). High cholesterol often provokes a stroke and a heart attack. If you want to detect a problem in time, you need to pay attention to the signals of your body.
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1. Tiredness in the legs
Insufficient blood circulation causes a feeling of discomfort and even severe pain in the legs, which can be expressed from the lower leg to the pelvis and can affect either one leg or both. Generally, a person may experience discomfort and unpleasant sensations while walking.
2. Skin and nail changes
Hair loss, slow growth, and tightening of the nail structure, as well shiny and tight skin indicate high cholesterol in the blood. Carefully examine your skin and look for a change in color. If your skin turns reddish or bluish, most probably you have blood circulation problems.
4. Cold feet
A sensation of coldness in the feet is a normal phenomenon at low temperatures. Besides, it can be an age-related change. However, you need to consult a doctor if one foot is warmer than the other.
5. Nighttime cramps