People with high cholesterol levels may be at an increased risk of a heart attack, such as a heart attack or stroke.
However, in severe cases, high cholesterol symptoms may appear due to an enlarged liver and spleen.
Triglycerides and cholesterol are the two main types of fats that the body needs for energy and protection from the cold.
And these fats and proteins that circulate in the bloodstream form their own lipoproteins that help distinguish bad cholesterol from good cholesterol.
“One of them is low-density lipoprotein (LDL). It is known as “bad” cholesterol because it increases the risk of a heart attack. Ideally, it should be less than 130 mg/dl,” explains Mount Sinai.
When there is too much cholesterol in the blood, the body tends to accumulate more fatty deposits in the blood vessels.
Eventually, these deposits stick to the inner walls of the arteries and narrow the passages, limiting the amount of blood the vessels can hold.
Mount Sinai adds: “There are no symptoms of high cholesterol unless the condition is severe. In such cases, fatty deposits can form in the tendons and skin, or even cause severe abdominal pain due to an enlarged liver or spleen.”
Unexplained bloating or pain may occur when vascular triglyceride levels approach or exceed 800 mg/dL.
These high levels can also cause symptoms such as severe abdominal pain and frequent bouts of nausea.
The liver is related to cholesterol in the sense that it is responsible for producing and removing excess cholesterol.
And when a diet is rich in cholesterol, it tends to accumulate fat around the liver, paving the way for liver damage and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
This creates a vicious cycle: liver dysfunction can, in turn, hinder the organ’s ability to produce or eliminate cholesterol, leading to more cholesterol buildup.
The NHS states that high cholesterol is caused by eating fatty foods, lack of exercise, being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol.
Although it can also be inherited, most people can lower their cholesterol levels by eating healthy and getting more exercise.
YorktTest Scientific Director Dr Gayle Hart commented: “High cholesterol can often go unnoticed, but if left unchecked, it can lead to a heart attack or stroke. The statistics are especially interesting for young adults. People in their 20s and 30s may not even realize they are affected by the condition, but the good news is that in many cases cholesterol levels can be balanced through lifestyle changes such as healthy, balanced diets and exercise.”
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