High cholesterol describes a buildup of a waxy substance called cholesterol in your arteries. But this is just the beginning of the condition, as high cholesterol can lead to serious health problems ranging from heart disease to stroke. One way to spot the culprit is to look at your nails, said Monika Wassermann, medical director at Olio Lusso.
“If you didn’t know, high cholesterol causes plaque buildup in your arteries.
“The plaque then affects blood circulation, resulting in pale nails.”
According to the NHS, this isn’t the only sign that can show up in your nails.
The health department shares that brittle, slow-growing toenails can also indicate high cholesterol.
Brittle toenails are one of the warning signs associated with a condition called peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
She said: “Other problems caused by plaque build-up include heart attack, stroke and numbness.
“If you happen to see pale nails or other symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
“Your health care provider will perform a blood test to help you figure out whether or not you have high cholesterol.”
While these signs may indicate high cholesterol, the condition rarely causes symptoms.
Dubbed “silent,” high cholesterol can most reliably be picked up through a blood test.
How to lower high cholesterol?
Fortunately, there are many different measures that can help lower your levels, ranging from diet to medications.
For example, the key to a cholesterol-lowering diet is cutting back on fatty foods rich in saturated fat. You should reduce the intake of offenders such as sausages, biscuits and cheese.
Other helpful lifestyle changes include exercising, quitting smoking, and cutting back on alcohol.
However, some people may need to start taking a drug called statins to prevent further health problems.