Peripheral artery disease causes narrowed arteries due to plaque build-up, leading to reduced blood flow to the legs or arms, causing leg pain when walking (claudication). If left untreated, it can cause serious complications.
Coldness, numbness, and weakness in one leg/foot vs the other can indicate high cholesterol. PAD reduces leg blood flow, causing leg and foot color changes. Left untreated, legs may turn pale or blue, and experience painful aches.
Excess cholesterol can result in fat-filled bumps on the skin, characterized by orange/yellowish rash-like lesions. These growths appear in various areas, such as corners of the eyes, lines on palms, or backs of legs.
Accumulated fat, cholesterol, and other chemicals harden arteries in atherosclerosis. The build-up, called plaques, narrows or blocks arteries over time, leading to widespread health issues.
Plaque buildup from excess cholesterol can narrow arteries, reducing blood flow to body parts, including nails. This can cause dark splinter hemorrhages and reddish-brown lines under nails.
Xanthelasma is a yellow growth near the eyelids, formed by cholesterol deposits under the skin. But other conditions, such as hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and thyroid issues, can also cause xanthelasma, as per the same source.
High cholesterol leads to fatty deposits buildup in arteries, raising coronary heart disease risk and risk of death from a heart attack. Also, it narrows arteries to the brain, increasing the risk of stroke.
CDC states lifestyle choices can increase high cholesterol risk. A sedentary lifestyle and a saturated/trans-fat-rich diet contribute to high cholesterol and heart problems. Age also raises the risk, thus monitoring daily habits is critical.
Detecting high cholesterol is crucial as it may not show symptoms, causing delayed diagnosis and treatment. A blood test is the only way to detect it, hence important to get tested.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle with physical activity can help prevent high cholesterol. Being proactive in managing your health is important to avoid its complications.
Eating foods high in saturated fat can raise cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of heart problems like heart attack and stroke.
Avoid red meat, full-fat dairy, fried and processed foods, baked goods, and butter to keep cholesterol in check.