Have you been experiencing cold feet? The lesser-known warning sign of high cholesterol
HIGH cholesterol is an unusual condition in that the symptoms can be so unrelated that many turn a blind eye to them. However, this could impact a person’s health detrimentally putting them at risk of serious diseases. Having cold feet could be one of those unusual warning signs not to be ignored.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that builds up in your bloodstream. High cholesterol can harm your arteries. That raises your risk for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). This disease affects arteries in the legs. If you have PAD, it’s likely that arteries in other parts of your body are diseased, too. That puts you at high risk for a heart attack, other heart diseases, and stroke. Experiencing cold feet could indicate your cholesterol levels are too high.
Peripheral artery disease is a condition slows or blocks blood flow to your legs and feet, said WebMD.
The health site continued: “Poor circulation can make your feet cold.
“It’s possible to get peripheral artery disease without having diabetes.
“Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and age all raise your chances of getting the condition.”
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common condition where a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries restricts blood supply to leg muscles.
It’s also known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
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.
A cold sensation in the feet may also occur.
Good circulation is important, and it isn’t something you should ignore.
Your blood helps regulate many things in your body.
If blood is not easily reaching your toes and feet, those areas will experience a drop in temperature.
Restricted blood flow from peripheral artery disease can cause your feet or toes to feel colder than the rest of your body.
Common symptoms of PAD include:
– Leg pain (cramping) that occurs while walking (intermittent claudication)
– Leg pain (cramping) that occurs while lying down (rest pain)
– Leg numbness or weakness
– Cold legs or feet
– Sores that will not heal on toes, feet or legs
– A change in leg colour
– Loss of hair on the feet and legs
– Changes in toenail colour and thickness
Dietician Helen Bond said: “Cholesterol can change quite quickly, which is why exercise and eating healthy should be embedded into your everyday routine.
“But we’re talking a few weeks, rather than days – the odd meal or day where you eat a bit more than usual (including too much saturated fat) won’t make a difference to your cholesterol levels in the long run, but if your healthy eating and exercise habits have totally gone out the window during the lockdown, this could have a big impact on your cholesterol levels and your weight.
“Therefore, if your habits have changed over lockdown, now’s the time to reinstate healthy eating habits and get daily exercise (within UK Government guidelines to stay active and stay safe) before those new overindulgences become a habit that’s hard to break.”