AN URGENT warning has been issued for Brits to be on alert to high cholesterol warning signs that could lead to amputation.
High cholesterol is a common condition but unusual sensations in your feet, legs and arms could be sounding the alarm to bigger problems.
Cholesterol is a substance found in fats that’s needed to build healthy cells.
Keeping an eye on your cholesterol levels is key and can help lower your risk of heart problems or a stroke.
If cholesterol levels aren’t monitored and regulated, the “silent killer” can lead to life-threatening outcomes.
Consequences of high cholesterol includes high blood pressure peripheral arterial disease, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke.
When cholesterol gathers in blood vessels, it can cause painful clogging.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) can eventually develop which will cause discomfort in the hands and feet, affecting daily activities like walking.
Dr Shipra Arya, assistant professor in the division of vascular surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, told the Mirror PAD is the next “cardiovascular epidemic”.
“It is characterised by the same arterial stiffening and plaque formation as heart disease.
“When blood flow to the legs is compromised due to these plaques/cholesterol deposits, it can lead to amputations.”
She recommends taking statin to help lower and regulate cholesterol.
Other ways to reduce risks include:
Reduce saturated fats in your diet
Eliminate trans fats
Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fatty fish
Increase soluble fibre such as fruits, vegetables and legumes
Add whey protein
Around 40 per cent of Brits are thought to suffer with high, or borderline high cholesterol levels.