Signs of High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is essential for life, and is found in the body cells of all animals, including humans. Your body needs cholesterol to work properly. Two cholesterol disorders are hyperlipidemia, and hypolipidemia. Hyperlipidemia means you have an unusually high level of fat (lipids) in your blood. This puts you at risk for many health problems, including heart attack and stroke. It is sometimes called high blood cholesterol. Hypolipidemia means you have an unusually low level of fat in your blood. It is sometimes called low blood cholesterol.

Although many people with high cholesterol levels have no symptoms, this narrowing of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) can cause angina (chest pain), heart attack, and stroke. Hence it becomes essential to pay attention to these subtle signs mentioned below which could indicate high cholesterol levels :

  • Sore Hands & Feet – If you have high cholesterol, your hands and feet become sore font, because blood vessels in your legs and hands become narrower because of cholesterol buildup.
  • Frequent Tingling – Tingling in the hands and feet is a sign of low blood circulation. This occurs when the blood flow becomes slower because of the high levels of cholesterol in the blood.
  • Left Chest Pain – Left chest pain is another sign of high cholesterol levels. Even a minimal plaque creation in any part of the body can decrease blood flow. The heart works more to restore normal blood flow and this can cause pain or palpitation.
  • Frequent Headaches – Frequent headaches in the back of the head might be a result of clogged blood vessels in the area around the head. If this condition is left unchecked, the blood vessels can rupture and lead to a stroke.
  • Fatty Deposits on Eyelids – Cholesterol deposits can be also accumulate don the eyelids, where they are called xanthelasmas. These deposits indicate that you may have high cholesterol levels.
  • Lumps in the Body – Improper fat metabolism leads to formation of fat moles or deposits called lipomas. Lipomas are formed between the muscle and skin.
  • Depression & Memory Loss – According to a study, depression and memory loss can be related to high LDL cholesterol or low HDL cholesterol.
  • Fatigue – If you have high cholesterol levels, you may experience tiredness or fatigue because of the lack of energy you need.

Blood cholesterol tests tell how much fat is in your blood. A total cholesterol level test measures both your LDL (low-density lipoprotein, or “bad cholesterol,”) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or “good cholesterol”) levels in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).

Blood cholesterol tests tell how much fat is in your blood. A total cholesterol level test measures both your LDL (low-density lipoprotein, or “bad cholesterol,”) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein, or “good cholesterol”) levels in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Normal total cholesterol levels are below 200 mg/dL. HDL levels should be above 40 mg/dL. Triglyceride levels also should be below 200 mg/dL. Get you Lipid Profile test done today and then every 3 months. It’s a good practice.

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  1. Good informative blog Garima!

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    1. Garima says:

      Thank you Sangeetha. I am glad you liked it. I was quite skeptical about posts which are too Medical but they have received good response and yours is one of them. Thank you always to take out time and dropping in an appreciation message.

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      1. You need to be appreciated for studying about it and letting us know. Its better for us to read this rather than going through so many sites. 😁

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      2. Garima says:

        Thank you. It’s evidence based too since I am a general physician πŸ™‚

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      3. Wow! Then better spreading more such blogs for us!

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      4. Garima says:

        Hehehe πŸ‘πŸΌ

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  2. MindCracker says:

    Thanks! It was interesting … but also cautionary writing.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes, these are subtle signs of cholesterol that many people ignore as something else. It’s always better to get Lipid profile check up done every now and then as per age.

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  3. Informative πŸ™ŒπŸ»
    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Garima says:

      High cholesterol levels are due to a variety of factors including heredity, diet, and lifestyle. Less commonly, underlying illnesses affecting the liver, thyroid, or kidney may affect blood cholesterol levels. Heredity: Genes may influence how the body metabolizes LDL (bad) cholesterol. One should keep looking for these signs.

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      1. You’re right..will keep in mind πŸ˜‡

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      2. Garima says:

        πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

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  4. I appreciate your discussion. In the past my pre-existing conditions created problems with my cholesterol. Following a healthier lifestyle, my numbers have improved significantly. I encourage others to take charge of their health.

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    1. Garima says:

      I agree with you. Another thing people need to take care is their mental health as it is responsible for a lot of health problems. There is compelling evidence that your level of stress can cause an increase in bad cholesterol indirectly. For example, one study found that stress is positively linked to having less healthy dietary habits, a higher body weight, and a less healthy diet, all of which are known risk factors for high cholesterol.

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  5. KRITIKA says:

    Need a good workout πŸ™‚πŸ‘Œ
    Thank you for the article Garima.
    Happy Republic Day πŸŽ‰

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    1. Garima says:

      You are most welcome Kritika. Happy Republic Day to you too.

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  6. Really learnt a lot from this post, thank you for sharing

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    1. Garima says:

      Most welcome. Do get your lipid profiles checked for better understanding πŸ™‚ Take Care.

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  7. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this post plus the rest of the website is extremely good.

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