High cholesterol may be silent, but its presence can lay the groundwork for a host of complications, from heart disease to stroke. While the fatty culprit rarely shows symptoms, warning signs can appear once cholesterol begins to clog your arteries. A telltale sign of this process can be in the form of four unpleasant sensations.
Leaving high cholesterol to its own can promote plaque buildup in your arteries.
In addition to cholesterol, the plaques are a mixture of fatty substances, cellular waste, calcium and fibrin.
Once your arteries contain too much of this dangerous cocktail, they become hard and stiff.
This creates less than ideal conditions for your blood circulation and your legs can take the hit, triggering the “first noticeable sign”.
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According to the Cleveland Clinic, this lack of blood flow to your legs can sometimes spur a “common” condition known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
The “first noticeable symptom” triggered by PAD is discomfort, pain, or cramping in the legs.
However, this condition can also trigger four warning sensations in your leg muscles.
According to the Health Portal, your leg muscles may begin to feel:
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The Cleveland Clinic explains that this warning sign can be severe enough to prevent you from participating in your usual daily activities, such as “playing golf or chasing the grandkids.”
In addition to weakness, numbness, heaviness, and fatigue in the legs, PAD can also cause other telltale signs, including:
- A burning or aching pain in the feet and toes at rest, especially at night when lying down
- Fresh skin on your feet
- Redness or other color changes to your skin
- More frequent infections
- Sores on the toes and feet that do not heal.
Unfortunately, peripheral arterial disease doesn’t always cause many noticeable symptoms, making the disease difficult to detect – similar to high cholesterol.
This delicate nature makes a blood test the most reliable way to determine high cholesterol.
Once you’ve confirmed the condition, there’s a lot you can do to get your red-zone levels back, ranging from eating a healthy diet to taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins.
A cholesterol-lowering diet requires reducing saturated fat – think cheese, butter, sausages and cookies. However, increasing your intake of soluble fiber could also help reduce the culprit.
Other useful lifestyle adjustments include reducing alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, and resuming exercise.
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