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Signs in the legs warn of dangerously high cholesterol


Unusual looking feet, brittle toenails, pain when walking… are early symptoms of high cholesterol.

High cholesterol is a condition in which a person has too much cholesterol in the blood. The reasons for this condition are eating a lot of fatty foods, not getting enough exercise, being overweight, smoking and using alcohol. In addition, this disease can be inherited.

A blood test is a way to show whether your cholesterol levels are high or low. However, when cholesterol levels become more severe, certain parts of the body can be affected. Unusual-looking feet are one of the early symptoms of high cholesterol.

According to Dr Sami Firoozi, consultant cardiologist at the Harley Street Clinic, UK, brittle or slow-growing toenails can be a sign of complications. These two signs are caused by high blood cholesterol levels, which can cause peripheral artery stenosis (PAD – this disease reduces blood flow to the extremities, especially the lower extremities).

The NHS said: “Many people with PAD have no symptoms. However, some experience pain in the lower leg when walking, which usually goes away after a few minutes of rest. You should see your GP if you have persistent pain during exercise.”

The NHS generally recommends maintaining systemic cholesterol at 5 mmol/L or less. However, in the UK, three in five adults have total cholesterol levels above 5 mmol/L. The average cholesterol level in the UK is 5.7 mmol/L.

To lower cholesterol, you need to improve your diet and increase exercise. The NHS recommends people try to cut back on fatty foods, especially foods containing saturated fat. This substance is found in meat pies, sausages or fatty meats, butter, cakes, cookies…

Symptoms indicate high cholesterol in the feet. Image: Liverpool Echo

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