5 Signs Your Body Can Give You When You Have High Cholesterol

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5 Signs Your Body Can Give You When You Have
High Cholesterol. After years of half-truths and relentless
ads on our TVs, cholesterol has, quite unfortunately, earned itself a bad name. The truth is, it’s good for you! It helps with digestion, making hormones,
forming new cells, and absorbing vitamin D. However, when there’s a surge in your bad
cholesterol (LDL) levels because of poor eating, exercising, or lifestyle habits, that’s
when it gets tricky. And here’s why: Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance that
flows through your blood vessels as lipoproteins (1). Low-density lipoproteins carry “bad” cholesterol. When cholesterol is high (read: hypercholesterolemia),
the liver can’t get rid of it all, and they tend to get stuck to the walls along the way,
catching more and more lipoproteins as they come. In medical-speak, this is called atherosclerosis. With time, the wall of fat just keeps growing
until it blocks the blood flow, and that’s when it becomes life-threatening. That’s why it’s super important to keep
an eye on your symptoms. If your cholesterol levels are way up, these
are 5 signs to look out for: 1. Your Chest Hurts. Since the arteries get narrow and blocked,
the oxygen in the blood can’t make it to the heart. Your heart then strains itself, trying to
pump blood without being able to breathe. Because of this, you’ll have chest pains
that tend to get worse with physical activity (2). You may also hurt in the jaw, neck or your
back. If the heart doesn’t get oxygen any more,
it could cause a heart attack. 2. Your Legs And Arms Hurt Or Feel Weird. Lack of oxygen to your arms and legs causes
your muscle cells to cramp leading to mild to agonizing pain, especially at night or
after exercising. You may also feel numbness, a burning sensation
or tingling, as if you have been sitting on your legs for too long. If you experience these sensations without
any apparent reason, you may have peripheral arterial disease, which can be induced by
high cholesterol (3). Watch out for your toes turning pale or blue,
and if you’re feeling excessively tired as well. 3. You Feel Dizzy. The brain responds to low oxygen with dizziness,
light-headedness, and headaches. You could also feel off-balance and woozy,
have blurred vision, and speak all groggily. If blood isn’t reaching your head, you could
risk having a stroke. 4. Your Kidney Performance Is Messed Up. If you’re puffy-eyed, have swollen hands
or feet, can’t focus on anything, feel like throwing up or are peeing more often, your
kidney function might be off. This happens when your renal arteries get
clogged, preventing oxygen from reaching your kidneys and allowing them to work properly
(4). Doctors call this renal artery stenosis. You would also have high blood pressure because
the body mistakenly believes that your kidneys aren’t getting the blood they need due to
low blood pressure. With time and lack of O2, your body would
eventually experience kidney failure. 5. Your Breathing Is Difficult. High cholesterol causes shortness of breath. Simply put, you’ll feel like you’ve sprinted
up several flights of stairs, even if you’ve just walked to the kitchen. It’s worse with more intense physical activity
and much worse if you’ve been smoking. You may also feel overly anxious. High cholesterol can also be genetic (familial
hypercholesterolemia) and it especially rises after you turn 20 (5). It’s also more common in people who are
diabetic or overweight. Additionally, look for discoloured patches
on your limbs, just under your eyelids and in your eyes. Those with familial hypercholesterolemia may
also see lumps under their skin. Before you leave, you should know that high
cholesterol has no direct symptoms. This article is about the symptoms of coronary
heart disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, and others, which are results of
blocked and narrow arteries. Plus, since the described symptoms could also
be explained by other problems, high cholesterol is a sneaky condition on its own and could
cause problems without being detected. Only a blood test can tell if it needs looking
into. Remember, a high total blood cholesterol level
is usually more than 240 milligrams per decilitre. But even if your levels are fine, it’s smart
to get a blood test done every couple of years and visit your doctor. So, what should you do if you’ve got high
cholesterol? Well, put down the phone for one, and go for
a walk. Trash the chips and fried snacks, and opt
for a salad instead. Oh and hey, if you think that throwing a quick
salad together is too much work, it’s never been more obvious that you need to upgrade
your lifestyle. If you would just make a few changes on your
plate, and go for a run now and then, not only would you feel good about yourself, but
your arteries would be eternally grateful too!

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