In most cases, high cholesterol levels do not show any symptoms. However, extreme high levels of bad cholesterol can lead to many severe complications. The most noticeable signs of high cholesterol are caused due to peripheral arterial disease (PAD), in which fatty masses made up of cholesterol and other waste materials restrict the arteries and slow down blood supply to the leg muscles. While high cholesterol does not show any signs, a blood test is an effective method to check your health status. Your health care provider may ask you to get tested and prescribe medicines depending on your age, weight, and other factors, such as pre-existing health conditions. Keep reading the article further to know about the signs that indicate you have high cholesterol.
Symptoms of high cholesterol
If you experience any symptoms of high cholesterol, it is suggested to get tested and consult a physician. It is also important to make the necessary changes in your lifestyle, like avoiding smoking and drinking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. Listed below are four symptoms that indicate you have high cholesterol levels:
1. Skin changes
There are skin changes in people who have extreme high cholesterol levels. Changes in the skin colour and increased dryness are common in most patients. This is caused by high cholesterol levels as it can reduce the flow of blood in the deep layers of your skin. The skin cells are not able to receive enough nutrition, due to which there are skin colour changes.
Usually sweating goes unnoticed and is an ignored symptom of high cholesterol levels but it should not be disregarded if you start sweating profusely. If you are not suffering from a fever or flu, it is best to start considering other possible causes.
3. Yellow nails
Too much plaque gets deposited in the arteries, which narrows them down, eventually the huge deposits block them completely. When the arteries are clogged, it restricts blood flow to many parts of your body including nails. This can make your nails yellowish and cause dark lines under them, that are mostly in the direction of your nail growth.
4. Peripheral artery disease
Peripheral artery disease or PAD is a serious complication of high cholesterol levels that can develop if the arteries in your legs get too narrowed because of the LDL buildup. PAD can lead to symptoms such as numbness and tingling in your legs and feet. It causes a loss of sensation, which can also increase the risk of ulcers and wounds. Disturbances in the blood flow can lead to the prevention of oxygen-rich blood in the arms and legs. This can also cause pain, discomfort, and a tingling sensation.
High cholesterol leads to constriction of blood vessels which can cause chest pain and other severe health complications, like a heart attack. When you have excessive fatty materials called LDL cholesterol flowing in your blood, you have high cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol is also known as "bad" cholesterol as it can restrict your arteries, and put you at a higher risk of heart disease. To manage cholesterol levels, it is best to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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