A warning sign of “severe” high cholesterol is acute pain in the feet that’s been known to wake people up at night.
High cholesterol is caused when a person has too much fatty substance, or cholesterol, in their blood.
Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) which reduces blood flow to your hands and feet, is a sign that your cholesterol could be unhealthily high.
According to experts at the Department of Surgery at the University of California, CLI can cause ‘severe’ pain and even ulcers or sores and severe pain which can wake you up or prevent you from drifting off at night.
“CLI is a severe obstruction of the arteries which markedly reduces blood flow to the extremities (hands, feet, and legs) and has progressed to the point of severe pain and even skin ulcers or sores,” a statement from the department read.
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“This pain, also called “rest pain”, is often in the leg and can be relieved temporarily by hanging the leg over the bed or getting up to walk around”.
It adds: “CLI is a very severe condition of peripheral artery disease (PAD) and needs comprehensive treatment by a vascular surgeon or vascular specialist.”
In order to stave off the threat of high cholesterol complications, you must first get tested for high cholesterol, The Daily Record reported.
Symptoms for high cholesterol do not often appear until the condition is serious, with sinister signs surfacing when a person’s arteries become obstructed.
When an artery becomes obstructed, it becomes more difficult for blood to be transported to vital organs around the body.
These blockages put someone with high cholesterol at high risk for health complications such as heart disease or stroke.
How cholesterol tests are carried out
There are two ways of having a cholesterol test:
Taking blood from your arm
How to lower high cholesterol
The NHS explains that those with high cholesterol will be advised how to lower it by a doctor or nurse.
You may be advised to make a dietary change or be prescribed medication.
There are certain foods that can help to lower cholesterol. In addition to health, balanced diet adding certain foods into your diet can help.
Replaced foods high in saturated fats with those with unsaturated fats is a great way to help lower cholesterol, according to Heart UK.
There are many foods high in saturated fats such as fatty cuts of meat, butter and lard.
Unsaturated fats include:
Vegetable oils such as olive, sunflower, corn, rapeseed, nut and seed oils
Avocado, nuts and seeds
Fat spreads made from vegetable oils, such as sunflower and olive oil
Coconut oils have an image of being a healthy option – some stories mention that they can raise your HDL cholesterol – known as your ‘good cholesterol’.
However, as Heart UK points out, this is unlikely to be the case as they only contain a small amount of the type of fat that raises HDL, known as “MCTs”.
“More importantly, coconut oil is made up almost entirely of saturated fat. It contains even more saturated fat than butter, so is likely to cause the same health problems.”