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10 Warning Signs Of High Cholesterol Levels In The Body And Foods To Avoid

Cholesterol is one of the vital fluid-like substances within the human body. It is a waxy, fatlike substance that is produced by the liver, which is highly needed for the synthesis of cell membranes, vitamin D, and hormones. While cholesterol cannot dissolve in water which makes it unable to travel through the body, it contains particles known as lipoproteins which help to transport it through the bloodstream. These lipoproteins are of two major types, namely; low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or bad cholesterol, and high-density lipoproteins (HDL) or good cholesterol.

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Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or bad cholesterol can cause a buildup of plaque in arteries and is a major risk factor for the development of serious health problems such as heart attack or stroke. When you consistently eat many foods with high content of fat, you would be invariably increasing the level of LDL "bad" cholesterol in your blood and when this happens, the resulting condition is known as high cholesterol, otherwise called hypercholesterolemia or hyperlipidemia. It can cause fatty deposits to build up in your blood vessels, thus making it difficult for easy flow of blood in your arteries.

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It is particularly important to know some of the warning signs of high cholesterol in the body as the restricted flow of blood due to high cholesterol can cause problems that may affect your brain and heart. Hypercholesterolemia usually doesn't have any symptoms and it may require a blood test to ascertain its presence in an individual. However, seeing as high cholesterol chiefly often leads to coronary heart disease and stroke, it is important to know some of the symptoms that may characterise the two ailments when they are induced by high cholesterol.

For coronary artery disease, some of the symptoms include:

1. Chest pain;

2. Nausea;

3. Extreme fatigue;

4. Shortness of breath;

5. Numbness or coldness in the leg, toes, etc.

For stroke, some of the warning signs include:

1. Sudden loss of balance and coordination;

2. Sudden dizziness;

3. Paralysis on one side of the body;

4. Slurred speech;

5. Numbness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.

High cholesterol can also cause a heart attack and this may be characterised by warning symptoms such as difficulty breathing, dizziness, nausea, heartburn, fatigue, tightness, squeezing, fullness, pain, or aching in the chest or arms.

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Due to the emergency nature of some of these high cholesterol-induced conditions and their symptoms, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a must and a vital part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle would also mean the reduced consumption of certain foods that can significantly raise the level of bad cholesterol in your body. Some of such foods are highlighted below:

1. Fried Foods

2. Fast Foods

3. Processed Meats

4. Dessert (Cakes, Ice Cream, Cookies, etc)

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Source: Healthline.com.

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