06.08.2022
High cholesterol: The sensation that could be an indication of high levels – expert

“Cholesterol is a fatty substance that exists in the blood,” said Dr Ioannis Liakas, Medical Director at Vie Aesthetics. “Overeating fatty foods, being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol can all contribute to high levels of cholesterol.” Once your levels reach dangerous heights, it’s important to identify the culprit promptly and get it under control.

As high cholesterol can be “incredibly dangerous,” it’s important to spot this condition promptly.

Although high levels can lead to life-threatening emergencies such as strokes, this condition is often silent.

Dr Liakas said: “Since cholesterol is simply a biomarker used to measure heart disease risk, there are no direct symptoms related to it.

“Cholesterol, or more specifically ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol is part of the mechanistic process by which heart disease can occur.”

While the culprit doesn’t necessarily cause symptoms by itself, high cholesterol is linked to conditions that may draw attention to themselves.

Dr Liakas said: “In a more indirect way, we can say that certain symptoms such as high blood pressure could be related to high levels of cholesterol, given its role in arterial obstruction.

“But unless someone measures their blood pressure, it’s not really that obvious that it’s high in the first place.”

However, the expert still shared some symptoms that might crop up, including dizziness.

Dr Liakas explained that feeling dizzy could be one indication pointing to high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

He also added other signs that could be hinting at high cholesterol levels.

Dr Liakas said: “However, there are certain scenarios where someone does experience symptoms which may also be a clue as to them having high cholesterol.

“If someone has fatigue, irritability, memory problems, mood issues, general lethargy related to diabetes and issues related to blood sugar then it’s likely they may have high cholesterol as well, since diabetes is a metabolic disease, and comes with a basket of other metabolic imbalances.”

Even though these signs could be pointing to the fatty substance, high cholesterol can be difficult to spot as the doctor explained.

The NHS also notes that it doesn’t show many warning signs which means that the best way of identifying your levels is through a blood test.

Your doctor can either take blood from your arm or do a finger-prick test.

Fortunately, once you get the condition confirmed, there’s plenty you can do to lower your levels.

Dr Liakas said: “Treatment for high cholesterol includes reducing the amount of saturated fat that you consume, typically saturated fat is found in red meat and full-fat dairy products.

“Increasing the amount of exercise, you do will also help reduce your cholesterol levels.

“In some cases, medication is required to help treat high cholesterol.”

The medication the doctor is referring to is known as statins and can be prescribed by your doctor.

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    What’s the secret to the star’s vitality? In a recent interview, she provided a few clues.

    Even while she unravelled the mystery, MacLaine’s humility shone through.

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    “These findings support previous statistical analyses and anthropological work suggesting there may be benefits of the arts to individuals as they age,” said Daisy Fancourt, an associate professor of psychobiology and epidemiology at University College London and co-author of the study.

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    One such sign is if your urine is orange in colour.

    This could mean your liver is malfunctioning.

    Dark urine and pale stools could also mean the same thing.

    According to the Mayo Clinic urine colour varies based on how much you drink, but more unusual colours should be cause for alarm.

    It says: “Normal urine colour varies, depending on how much water you drink.

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    It explains: “Pigments and other compounds in certain foods and medications can change your urine colour.

    “Beets, berries and fava beans are among the foods most likely to affect the colour.

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    Other signs of liver problems include:

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    Liver problems can be caused by:

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    However, there is also a rash that could signal the first stages of skin cancer.

    Bowen’s disease is a “very” early form of skin cancer that’s “easily treatable”.

    The NHS says: “The main sign is a red, scaly patch on the skin.”

    This rash could also be:

    “The patch can appear anywhere on the skin, but is especially common on exposed areas like the lower legs, neck and head,” the NHS explains.

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    This is because it tends to grow very slowly over months or years, and there are several very effective treatments for it.

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    “It’s estimated this happens in up to one in 20 to one in 30 people with untreated Bowen’s disease.

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    High cholesterol: Smell that? The ‘extremely serious’ sign that can be difficult to treat

    High cholesterol is a fatty substance that can accumulate in your blood. Too much of this culprit can hike your risk of heart problems and strokes. Unlike other health conditions, high cholesterol doesn’t often show many warning signs. However, a health portal warns that it might lead to a condition that can cause a smelly pus.

    Although high cholesterol can be difficult to spot, leaving this condition untreated can lead to atherosclerosis.

    During this process, your arteries become clogged with fatty substances called plaques.

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    However, it’s important to note that high cholesterol rarely causes warning signs.

    That’s why the most reliable way of determining your levels is through a blood test.

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    Based on your age, weight or another condition, your doctor might suggest getting tested.

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    From a healthy diet to medicine, there are various interventions available for getting rid of the fatty substance.

    The key to a cholesterol-lowering diet is cutting back on saturated fat but upping your fibre intake can also help.

    Other helpful interventions include quitting cigarettes, drinking less alcohol and taking up exercise.

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    Supplement warning: The product associated with a higher risk of death – study

    Classed as an essential mineral, calcium has various tasks in your body, ranging from helping to build bones to ensuring normal blood clotting. While you should be able to get enough of this mineral from your diet, many people, especially the elderly, are reaching for its supplement form instead. However, taking calcium supplements could be taxing for your health, warns a study, published in the journal Heart.

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    Diabetes is a condition that causes someone’s blood sugar to become too high. Type 2 is the most common form of the condition, accounting for around 90 percent of cases in the UK. It means that your body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin.

    It is well known that type 2 diabetes is often affected by lifestyle, such as the type of food you eat, drinking too much alcohol, smoking and being overweight.

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    However, research published in the Holistic Nursing Practice journal in July, suggested acupuncture can decrease the chance of developing prediabetes – a condition that can result in type 2 diabetes.

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    “But unlike diabetes, prediabetes is reversible with lifestyle interventions such as improved diet and increase in exercise.

    “But many people struggle to adhere to lifestyle changes long-term, so non-pharmacological treatments such as acupuncture could prove valuable.”

    She believed acupuncture could help with other factors linked with diabetes.

    Ms Zhang explained: “It’s not only about blood sugar levels.

    “If you experience sleep problems, high blood pressure, a lot of stress, these can contribute, too.

    “So, acupuncture can help with these factors and work holistically to help people balance their life.”

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