Symptoms of high cholesterol: Painless growths could be a sign of heart disease.
TOO MUCH CHOLESTEROL IN THE BODY CAUSES HEART DISEASE, which is a leading cause of death in the UK. Chest pain and shortness of breath are common warning symptoms, but another – more noticeable – symptom may arise first.
Unhealthy cholesterol levels can be detected by looking at your skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), but what should you be searching for?
Waxy growths on your skin that are yellowish-orange in color are cholesterol pockets that have clumped together. These obvious, painless growths can form in the corner of your eyes, on the palm of your hand, and even on the back of your knees.
Xanthelasma refers to growths that form on the eyelids, whereas xanthoma refers to growths that appear elsewhere.
The AAD said, “If you find these growths on any portion of your skin, see your doctor.”
These ugly blemishes may vanish if your cholesterol levels are brought under control.
According to the NHS, high cholesterol can be caused by eating fatty foods, being physically sedentary, being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol.
“You can lower your cholesterol by eating a healthy diet and exercising more,” the national health organization stated.
This involves avoiding (or reducing) the amount of saturated fat you consume, therefore avoid:
You should consume more oily salmon, brown rice, bread, and pasta, as well as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, instead.
Taking a 30-minute fast-paced walk every day will help you incorporate more activity into your routine.
“Try a few different exercises until you discover one you enjoy. If you appreciate what you’re doing, you’re more likely to keep doing it,” the NHS noted.
Jogging, swimming, tennis, cycling, and badminton are examples of activities.
Other lifestyle changes include quitting smoking and reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption.
A blood test done by your doctor can check your cholesterol levels, however if you haven’t had one before and:
If you can’t reach your doctor’s office via phone, you can schedule an appointment using the NHS App or by visiting their website.
If your blood test results reveal that you have high cholesterol, you will be advised on how to lower it by a doctor or nurse.
“They might calculate your chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.” Brinkwire Summary News.