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What are the symptoms that should alert you?

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This title is quite misleading as clinically there are no obvious precursor symptoms of complications (such as skin flushing or a runny nose). What may appear to be symptoms are actually the first signs of excess cholesterol, which means that the problem is there and immediate action must be taken to alleviate this problem.

But first some basics. Cholesterol is a type of lipid with many important roles such as assembling cell membranes and synthesizing various chemicals including steroid hormones, it occurs naturally in the liver, brain, spinal cord and other places in the body, in humans there are mainly two Types of cholesterol:

LDL cholesterol (Low Density Lipoproteins = Low Density Lipoproteins): Cholesterol is transported from the liver to other body cells via LDL lipoproteins, which can lead to deposition in the arteriesHDL cholesterol (High Density Lipoproteins = High Density Lipoproteins): Cholesterol is transported from cells to the liver via HDL lipoproteins, which causes the arteries to unclog and the cholesterol to be excreted.

Its chemical nature makes it insoluble and prevents it from migrating through the body on its own, so large accumulations can lead to fatty deposits in the arteries. Symptoms of chest and heart pain, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke, slow blood flow or, in the worst case, even impede it.

In people under 60 years of age we may notice marks at the level of the corner of the nose of the eyelid or a corneal arch, but these signs are not only specific to excess cholesterol.

Especially since it is not foreseeable from the outside that an overweight person can have a normal total cholesterol level, just as a relatively thin person can have a high cholesterol level. For this reason, it is important to pay attention to our diet and cardiovascular health. The best way to get to the bottom of this is with a medical check-up.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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