Long back, when people aren’t totally aware of the cholesterol, it is believed that presence of cholesterol in the body has adverse effects on health and only obese people used to have high cholesterol levels. Over time, these misconceptions have been disappeared when people started to be conscious more about health. To prevent health issues related to high cholesterol levels, let us know the impact of cholesterol on our health.
What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is produced by the liver. It is important for the formation of cell membranes, vitamin D, and certain hormones. As cholesterol is a fatty substance, it doesn’t dissolve in water and can’t travel through the body by itself. But the cholesterol is transported through the bloodstream with the help of particles known as lipoproteins.
What are the types of Cholesterol?
There are two types of lipoproteins, namely, Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and High-density lipoproteins (HDL). LDL is known as bad cholesterol that can build up in the arteries and lead to serious health problems like heart attack and stroke. While HDL is good cholesterol that helps return the LDL to the liver for elimination. Therefore, if the levels of LDL cholesterol are too high or the levels of HDL cholesterol are too low, the fat deposits build up in the blood vessels which make it difficult for blood to flow through the arteries. This could affect the normal body functioning and lead to serious health problems.
Physical Symptoms that indicate high Cholesterol levels:
Everyone needs to monitor their cholesterol levels regularly to lower the risk of heart diseases and blockages in the blood vessels. High cholesterol levels typically don’t cause any symptoms and in most cases, they only cause emergency events. But there are a certain set of physical symptoms which indicate high cholesterol levels in the body and warns us to follow the guidelines to control the cholesterol. The warning signs of high cholesterol levels include:
- Pain in Hands and Feet: Accumulation of cholesterol can clog the blood vessels of legs and hands. This build-up of cholesterol can occur continuously and make the hands and feet painful.
- Frequent tingling: Interruptions in the blood flow to certain parts of the body makes a tingling sensation in hands and legs. The high cholesterol levels in the blood make the blood flow thick and affect the normal flow of blood in the nerves and causes tingling.
- Chest Pain in the Left Side: Chest pain, especially on the left side indicates blockage of blood vessels around the heart and can cause pain. Sometimes, the pain may even spread up to the neck. The high levels of cholesterol in the blood can cause chest pain and can also be a sign of heart attack.
- A Frequent headache in the back of the head: The blockage of blood vessels in the area around the head causes a headache in the back of the head. This occurs when the blood vessels are clogged by the cholesterol plaque. If this is left unchecked, the blood vessels can rupture and cause a stroke.