High Cholesterol Symptoms

High cholesterol is mostly diagnose on routine screening and has no known symptoms. Cholesterol is more common for those who have a family history of it or improper lifestyle such as eating a diet high in saturated fat may play a major role.

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As per the modern medicine, there are no known symptoms for high level of cholesterol in blood. However, in alternative medicines such as Chinese's acupuncture define certain symptoms for increased level of cholesterol. Reverse analyzing those symptoms indicates the presence of raised cholesterol levels. Additionally, by going through various discussion forums and the symptoms experienced by the newly diagnosed hyperlipidemia patients, we shortlisted the below high-cholesterol symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?

High Cholesterol Symptoms

  • Loose stools
  • Chronic poor appetite or lack of appetite
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Poor memory, depression, excessive emotions and or drop in memory
  • Excess weight gain (sensation of bodily heaviness)
  • Masses in the body (bumps, moles, etc.),
  • Chest and/or stomach distension,
  • Aching pain (felt at specific parts, example headache or knee/back pain)
  • Heart pain/palpitations

If you have more high-cholesterol risk factor and having, two or more of its symptoms, then get the blood tested.

How and why high-cholesterol symptoms are developing.

What is cholesterol homeostasis? Human cholesterol homeostasis means a stable balanced fat metabolism within the body. The body is carrying out many complex interactions to keep a proper normal range (balance or stability) of cholesterol. If there is, any disturbance to homeostasis will lead to various bodily high-cholesterol symptoms.

  • Why high-cholesterol patients do have loose stools? Fat metabolism shows that our body absorbs only 1/3 of their cholesterol requirement from the diet, balance produced by the liver. Our body is capable of adjusting their liver production based on the diet intake; that is if the intake is high it lowers the liver production and vice versa. If there is, any problem in the fat metabolism, mostly caused by digestion and/or an absorption problem may produce the symptom of loose stools.
  • Why high-cholesterol patients do have chronic poor appetite or lack of appetite? Long standing digestion problems may lead to loss of appetite or lack of appetite. It is because, if the food is not digested properly, and if it stands longer in the digestive tract. It may make you to feel fullness and thus feel a lack of appetite. 
  • Why high-cholesterol patients do have been feeling tiredness or fatigue? Improper digestion and absorption for an extended period may depreciate (lessen) the energy level within the body. That is why people with a high-cholesterol level may feel tiredness or fatigue, which is due to lack of needed energy.
  • Why high-cholesterol patients do have poor memory, depression, excessive emotions and or drop in memory? Approximately, 25% of the total amount of the cholesterol in the humans is in the brain; additionally, the brain contains more cholesterol than any other organ in our body. Clinical study shows that a defect in cholesterol metabolism has a link with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. Another study shows high level of LDL cholesterol or low level of HDL is associated with depression, poor memory, and excessive emotions. 
  • Why high-cholesterol patients do have masses in the body (bumps, moles, etc.)? Improper fat metabolism and absorption lead to the formation of fatty moles or deposits between the muscle and skin called lipomas. They can develop at any age, but more common in late 30s and 40s. It usually appears in the abdominal region, neck, legs and arms. They are small, soft, tumors beneath the skin, of about one inch in diameter. Some with high cholesterol may develop moles in different parts of the body. 
  • Why high-cholesterol patients do have an excess weight gain? Improper fat metabolism and absorption lead to unusual lipid storage, mostly in the abdominal region and thus people with high-cholesterol gain excess weight. 
  • Why high-cholesterol patients do have chest and or stomach distension? Improper digestion among high-cholesterol people may generate, and trap excess gas in the intestinal tract that leads to chest and stomach distension. 
  • Why high-cholesterol patients do have pain (in specific parts, eg. headache or knee/back pain)? High cholesterol may cause to plague not only in the heart as well in the arteries in the extremities. This makes shortage of blood flow and nutrient supply to the extremities, thus causing aching pain. 
  • Why high-cholesterol patients do have heart pain or palpitations? Even a minimal plague formation in the arteries of any parts of the body can restrict normal blood flow and nutrient supply to those organs. Therefore, people with high cholesterol sometimes feel slight pain and otherwise palpitations (to get normal blood flow).
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