Ugly Side Effects of High Cholesterol

1. Heart Attack

When cholesterol levels are high, the extra cholesterol gets stored in the arteries and builds up over time into plaque, making it difficult for blood to flow properly

through the arteries," says Burdeos.Over time, the unchecked buildup of plaque leads to one of the most notorious side effects of high cholesterol.

there are a couple of signs if you have high cholesterol. One is called: xanthomas which are soft, yellow growths on the skin.A breakout of skin blemishes sounds horrible on a good day,

2. Skin Growths

"Blood flow is impeded by the thick cholesterol that can pile up on the sides of blood vessels making them thinner and making blood thicker," says Dr. Ellis Hunnes.

"Another potential sign is impotence in men because the blood vessels that lead to the penis can become occluded (blocked) from high cholesterol levels," says Dr. Ellis Hunnes.

3. Male Impotence

There are many ways, through healthy diet and nutrition that can naturally help lower cholesterol levels. This includes, first and foremost, a whole-foods, plant-based diet that is high in fiber.

"High levels of cholesterol are associated with atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and coronary heart disease," says Reda Elmardi, RD, CN, owner of The Gym Goat. 

4. Arterial Damage

Atherosclerosis is caused by plaque build-up inside the arteries that narrows them and reduces blood flow. This causes symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, and irregular heartbeat."

"Strokes occur when a blood clot forms in the brain and cuts off the oxygen supply to the brain," says Elmardi.

5. Stroke

Stroke symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, confusion, trouble speaking, vision problems, and loss of balance or coordination."

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