It’s vitally important everyone monitors 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 of high cholesterol, which indicate high cholesterol levels in the body and warn us to follow the guidelines to control the cholesterol. Experiencing any of these four physical symptoms, however, could indicate your levels are dangerously high.
Cholesterol is carried through your blood, attached to proteins and this combination of proteins and cholesterol is called a lipoprotein.
There are different types of cholesterol, based on what the lipoprotein carries.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL is known as “bad” cholesterol, transports cholesterol particles throughout your body.
LDL cholesterol builds up in the walls of your arteries, making them hard and narrow.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol, picks up excess cholesterol and takes it back to your liver.
A lipid profile also typically measures triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood.
Having a high triglyceride level can also increase your risk of heart disease.
Eating saturated fat, found in animal products, and trans fats, found in some commercially baked cookies, crackers and microwave popcorn, can raise a person’s cholesterol levels.
Foods that are high in cholesterol, such as red meat and full-fat dairy products, will also increase cholesterol.
A Mediterranean diet is often recommended for those concerned about their levels and wanting to lower them.
Exercise is also key in helping to lower levels and reduce serious health risks.