Credits By: The Times of India
Poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and alcohol consumption – all these factors contribute to the accumulation of cholesterol, a fatty molecule, in the bloodstream.
While the body needs some cholesterol to maintain cell health, an excess of it can lead to the clogging of blood vessels, posing serious health risks.
Sadly, many individuals remain unaware of this condition until it’s too late, experiencing catastrophic consequences such as heart attacks or strokes.
However, there are signs that could point towards excessive cholesterol, which are not immediately obvious but can be found in your eyes, along with two other symptoms. This silent indicator has been termed “OIL SORE.”
If your doctor suspects you might be at risk or have already experienced health issues due to this condition, they may recommend cholesterol testing. However, apart from approved NHS online tests, there’s no other direct way to find out.
Surprisingly, this potentially deadly ailment can also reveal a lot about your feet. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common side effect of high cholesterol. Fat deposits build up in the arteries, restricting blood flow to the leg muscles and causing pain in affected individuals.
PAD’s initial symptoms can be gradual and unpredictable, starting with leg and feet discomfort, particularly during physical activity. Other adverse symptoms include reduced hair growth on the legs, reddish-blue or pale skin, non-healing sores or ulcers, thickened toenails, and numb, heavy muscles.
Besides high cholesterol, other risk factors for PAD include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and inactivity.
While high cholesterol can affect anyone, the chances increase with age, and men are more susceptible. Genetic defects can also contribute to elevated cholesterol levels.
Several factors contribute to elevated cholesterol levels, such as consuming excessive saturated fat, lack of physical exercise, high body fat (especially around the midsection), excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking.
Normally, high cholesterol does not present any noticeable symptoms. However, if it runs in your family, there might be overt signs like enlarged knuckles, yellow lumps at the corner of your eyes, and a faint white ring surrounding your iris.