Symptoms of high cholesterol..beware of pain in three areas of the body

High cholesterol usually does not present easily noticeable symptoms, but warning signs may appear that may indicate that a person may have high cholesterol, including pain in three areas of the body: the hips, thighs, and calf muscles.

Uncontrolled high levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with serious complications, such as peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is a common circulatory problem where narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your extremities.

According to the Mayo Clinic, PAD is often caused by atherosclerosis, which occurs when fatty deposits such as cholesterol build up on artery walls, reducing blood flow.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), pain and cramping in the hips, thighs, or calf muscles when walking, climbing stairs, or exercising can indicate peripheral arterial disease.

Other symptoms of PAD include:

  • Foot wounds that heal very slowly.

  • gangrene, or dead tissue

  • A significant decrease in the temperature of the lower leg or foot compared to the other leg or the rest of the body.

  • Poor nail growth in the toes.

  • Erectile dysfunction, especially in men with diabetes.

And the British newspaper "Express" quoted the American Heart Association as saying that there are a number of important steps you must take to reduce high cholesterol.

First and foremost, you should get tested. Because high cholesterol often has no symptoms, you can only tell if you have it with a blood test.

In contrast to the medications that doctors prescribe to patients, people with high LDL cholesterol are advised to reduce foods containing saturated fats and replace them with foods that contain unsaturated fats such as vegetable oils such as olive oil, sunflower, corn, rapeseed, walnut, seed oils, avocado, nuts, seeds and oily fish. .

In addition to exercising regularly.

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