High blood cholesterol cannot show any signs of its severity until it is too late. However, a face can indicate potential risks.
Every person has cholesterol, which is a yellowish white wax-like fat in every cell of the body. Cholesterol keeps cells and organs functioning properly. It also plays a major role in the production of hormones, vitamins and digestive fluids. High levels of cholesterol in the blood place a person at great risk of significant health complications. So what is the sign that appears on the face that indicates that your levels are very high?
Noticing soft, yellowish lumps or lesions on the skin known as xanthoma, may indicate a genetic predisposition to cholesterol problems.
These painless deposits can appear in many areas, including the corners of your eyes.
Medical News Today said the cholesterol deposits are smooth, flat, and yellowish lumps.
“They tend to appear on the upper and lower eyelids near the inner corner of the eye, and often they develop symmetrically around both eyes. These lesions may remain the same size or grow very slowly over time. They sometimes combine together to form larger lumps.”
Cholesterol comes from two sources, with 80% of it produced naturally by the liver and intestines, with a person’s diet accounting for the last 20%.
Unfortunately, most people will not experience symptoms of high cholesterol, so the only way to measure cholesterol levels is to get a blood test.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) explains: “Your doctor or nurse will take a blood sample, usually by pricking your finger or you may be asked to take a blood test at your local hospital.”
The blood is then examined for levels of good cholesterol (HDL), bad cholesterol and triglycerides (another type of blood fat), as well as for a total cholesterol result.
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is often called the “good” cholesterol because it counteracts the harmful effects of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
The key is to increase your HDL levels while lowering your bad cholesterol.
This balance can be achieved by making healthy lifestyle decisions, such as improving your diet.
According to the NHS, saturated fats can be found in the following:
• Meat patties, sausages and fatty meats.
Butter and margarine.
Cream and hard cheese, such as cheddar.
Cakes and biscuits.
• Foods that contain coconut oil or palm oil.