Monitoring your cholesterol levels is key and can help reduce your risk of heart problems or stroke.
It doesn’t have any symptoms so it can be hard to spot, but an expert has now said you can spot high cholesterol in your fingers and toes.
High cholesterol occurs when you have too much fat in your blood.
The NHS says it can be caused by a number of things such as being overweight, smoking and not getting enough exercise.
The only way to check if you have high blood pressure is to have a blood test to measure your lipid levels, which can indicate if you have high blood pressure.
Although there are no obvious signs of high blood pressure, senior consultant Dr Rahul Agrawal says there are a number of symptoms that may suggest the condition.
“There are certain physical symptoms to watch out for,” says Dr. Agrawal.
“Warning signs of high cholesterol can include sore fingers and toes,” he says. Such sensations could be a direct result of cholesterol buildup that can clog blood vessels in the legs and hands. “, he said. The Express.
He says a tingling sensation in the fingers and toes can also be a key sign of the condition.
There is also a condition known as Xanthoma – which is where fat builds up below the surface of the skin.
Small bumps may appear if your cholesterol is too high.
These small growths can appear anywhere on the body but are especially common on the hands and feet.
Small lumps are not dangerous and will usually go away once you have lowered your cholesterol levels.
Around 40% of Britons are thought to have high or limited cholesterol levels.
Drugs to treat this condition were previously found to cost NHS around £16.7m a year.
Yesterday it was also revealed that your sleep can also be a sign of high cholesterol.
What is the best way to lower cholesterol?
One study found that cutting cholesterol to the levels we’re born reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke by a third.
There are several ways you can cut back, including:
- Maintain a healthy diet low in fatty foods
- Swap saturated fats for fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Give up smoking
- Exercise regularly
What is the ideal safe cholesterol level?
The way you can measure your blood cholesterol level is by using the unit of millimoles per liter of blood (mmol/L).
Your cholesterol level should be:
- 5mmol/L or less for healthy adults
- 4mmol/L or less for people at high risk
When it comes to measuring LDL, the levels should be:
- 3mmol/L or less for healthy adults
- 2mmol/L or less for people at high risk
Dr. Don Grant clinical team leader at Independent pharmacy says previous studies have linked sleep problems and high cholesterol.
He explains that Michael Grandner, director of the Health and Sleep Research Program at the University of Arizona, noted the link in 2014 in a study published in the Journal of Sleep.
The study participants were assessed on their lifestyle habits as well as the length of their sleep and whether they snore.
Their lipid levels were also measured and this is what indicates good and bad cholesterol levels.
It found that people who slept less than six hours a night were more likely to have LDL, which is bad cholesterol.
High cholesterol is linked to heart disease and studies say that research has confirmed that lack of sleep is linked to this.
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