Cholesterol is a compound found in every cell of the body, and it builds new cells, but if the level of cholesterol in the blood is high, this means that fatty deposits will form inside the walls of blood vessels and these deposits will eventually obstruct the flow of blood in the arteries.
Cholesterol is described as the “invisible disease”, because it is often not accompanied by symptoms, but some signs may indicate infection, if it appears on the body, while the person must not neglect it, because the aggravation of the situation may lead to very serious complications, According to the Emirati newspaper, Al Bayan.
What is meant by this disease is the excess of a fatty substance called “cholesterol” in the blood, which may lead to a blockage in the arteries, and at this time, the risk of a heart attack increases.
Health experts point out that there are only a few symptoms that alert the body to cholesterol, according to the British newspaper “Express”.
Among the symptoms of high cholesterol in human blood; The emergence of a type of yellow swelling on the skin known as “Xanthoma”, which appears in the form of bubbles, according to Sky News.
These bubbles are stores of cholesterol that appear in specific areas of the body, and experts consider them as a great indicator of the presence of the disease.
Doctors explain that the appearance of these yellow tendon tumors generally affects the so-called “extensor tendons” in the hand.
Data from the British Society for Surgery of the Hand indicate that the extensor tendons in the hand are flexible cords that allow the fingers to be extended and extended, by linking the muscles of the forearm and hand, and between the bones of the fingers and thumb.
These xanthomas are often of varying sizes, and may appear on the knee, hand, foot, joint, and even near the eye.
Since cholesterol does not lead to the appearance of external symptoms in most cases, it is better for a person to go for a blood test, and then he will be sure of his safety.
And if a person is actually sick with cholesterol, he is called to make a number of changes to his life system, especially at the level of nutrition.
Doctors recommend cholesterol patients to avoid foods that are high in fat, especially saturated fats that are found in materials such as butter, ghee, cheese and meat with a high percentage of fat.
The British Heart Association warns that eating a lot of foods high in saturated fat leads to raising what is known as non-HDL cholesterol, which is also described as bad cholesterol, because it causes blockages in the arteries and increases the risk of heart attacks.
Cholesterol can be lowered by making changes in the diet, such as reducing saturated fat, but including some foods in the diet can also help lower cholesterol levels, such as:
Animal studies have shown improvements in total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels when fig leaf extract is taken.
However, in a five-week study of 83 people with high cholesterol, researchers noted that those who added about 120g of dried figs to their daily diet had lower triglycerides.
More human studies are needed to better understand the relationship between figs and heart health.
Some nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios and macadamia nuts, can reduce bad cholesterol.
Studies on the consumption of nuts have shown that eating nuts can improve blood pressure and reduce inflammation, both of which are factors that can contribute to heart disease.
Almonds and other nuts can improve blood cholesterol. A recent study concluded that a diet supplemented with walnuts can reduce the risk of heart complications in people with a history of heart attack.
All nuts are high in calories, so you can add a handful to your salad or have them as a snack.
Orange juice has been shown to increase HDL levels in people with elevated levels.
Furthermore, drinking orange juice has been shown to reduce another risk factor for heart disease, which is high blood pressure.
A review of 19 studies noted that drinking fruit juice was effective in lowering diastolic blood pressure in adults.
Avocados are highly nutritious, containing vitamin E, potassium, niacin, monounsaturated fats and soluble fiber.
Avocados also contain beneficial minerals, such as iron, copper, B vitamins and folic acid.
Research suggests that monounsaturated fats (found in avocados) help protect against heart disease.
The NHS recommends four eating habits to help lower cholesterol levels, the first of which is to eat oily fish, such as salmon.
Moreover, the next step is to choose brown rice, bread and pasta to eat (usually whole grains). Plus snacks on nuts, seeds and fruits, such as avocados and vegetables.