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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. 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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    • 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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