Have you been experiencing cold feet? The lesser-known warning sign of high cholesterol

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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.

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. 

Lower levels

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.” 

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