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Unusual looking toes could be a sign of dangerously high cholesterol levels

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Unusual looking toes could be a sign of a dangerously high cholesterol symptom. High cholesterol is when someone has too much of the fatty substance know as cholesterol in their blood.

It is now believed there are signs in feet which are an early indicator of high cholesterol. The condition is typically caused by eating fatty food, not exercising, being overweight, smoking or drinking alcohol but it can also run in families.

The Mirror reports that there are no obvious symptoms when trying to determine if a person is suffering with high cholesterol. A blood test is usually the only definitive way to understand blood levels.

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But when high cholesterol becomes a lot more severe, a number of body parts may be affected.

High cholesterol signs on your toes

High cholesterol goes undetected until it affects the human body to such an extent that it is difficult to get back to normal health. Doctors and health experts always advise to have a regular health check-up so that this silent killer can be detected early and can be managed before it causes any harm.

If suffering with unusual-looking toes or pain in your legs, it could indicate dangerously high cholesterol levels. According to Dr Sami Firoozi, consultant cardiologist at the Harley Street Clinic, part of HCA Healthcare UK, brittle or slow-growing toenails can be a tell-tale sign of the cholesterol complication.

One of the key signs is brittle toenails, the second is slow-growing toenails. These two signs are caused by high cholesterol levels in the blood, which can cause peripheral aerial disease (PAD).

What is peripheral aerial disease?

PAD refers to diseases of the blood vessels located outside the heart and brain. The NHS said: “Many people with PAD have no symptoms. However, some develop a painful ache in their legs when they walk, which usually disappears after a few minutes’ rest.

“You should see a GP if you experience recurring leg pain when exercising.” As a general guide, the NHS recommends maintaining total cholesterol levels at 5mmol/L or less.

In the UK however, three out of five adults have total cholesterol levels above 5mmol/L. What’s more, the average cholesterol levels among Brits are 5.7mmol/L.

Fortunately, there are ways to reverse the condition, and diet should be the main focal point. To reduce your cholesterol, you should overhaul your diet and up the amount of exercise you do. Try to cut down on fatty food, especially food that contains a type of fat called saturated fat,” advises the NHS.

Saturated fat is found in:

  • Meat pies, sausages and fatty meat
  • Butter, lard and ghee
  • Cream and hard cheese, like cheddar
  • Cakes and biscuits
  • Food that contains coconut oil or palm oil.

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