Cholesterol is a lipid that’s present in all cells of the body. While many people only know its harmful effects, in reality, it’s essential for the optimal functioning of the body.
The liver is responsible for removing most of it. However, it’s also absorbed through the consumption of foods that contain it.
Cholesterol is necessary for the production of bile. This is responsible for digesting fat. In addition, it’s also involved in the production of some hormones and helpful for your cardiovascular health.
The problem is that although many organs need it, too much cholesterol causes irreparable damage.
What’s more worrying is that many people are unaware that they have high cholesterol. After all, the symptoms are not easily noticed.
This leads to the development of health problems that are more serious, such as arteriosclerosis, hypertension and kidney failure.
Because of this, it’s very important to identify any signs that could help detect any problems early on.
HERE ARE THE MOST COMMON SIGNS THAT YOUR BODY CONTAINS TOO MUCH CHOLESTEROL:
- Chest pain – buildup of cholesterol inside the coronary vessels impairs blood supply of the heart muscle. As your heart isn’t well-provided with oxygen, it can’t pump blood as needed. That leads to pain and discomfort in the chest, which get worse during physical activity.
- Cramps and tingling in the extremities – decreased blood flow to the limbs may cause burning, numbness and achiness in your legs or arms.
- Dizziness – it occurs, when your brain don’t get sufficient amount of oxygen. Be aware that severe headache and lightheadedness may be a sign of stroke.
- Chronic kidney disease – it may develop because of accumulation of the fat in the renal arteries. Kidney dysfunction usually manifests in increased urge to urinate, reduced appetite, nausea, swelling in the lower extremities, eye puffiness and problems with concentrating.
- Shortness of breath – people with high cholesterol levels often complain of difficulty breathing and sense of “air deficiency”, which appear during physical activity or even at rest (at the advanced stage).