High cholesterol is the name given to having too much of a fatty substance in your blood. This substance, known as cholesterol, can lead to blockages in your blood vessels.
Blocked blood vessels raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as it limits the blood supply to the heart and the rest of the body.
You’re more likely to have high cholesterol if you eat certain foods, it’s been revealed.
It’s not always easy to know whether you have high cholesterol, as there aren’t any obvious symptoms.
But, you may be at risk of the condition if you develop a subtle pain when you walk.
“You can have high cholesterol without any symptoms at all,” said medical website Net Doctor.
“However, associated symptoms of high cholesterol can include the following: Chest pain, angina, heart attack, [and] stroke.
“Pain while walking – caused by blocked arteries that are unable to send blood to the legs [could be a sign of high cholesterol].
“You should have a full blood test every five years from when you are 20 years old and then at least every one or two years after 45 years, depending on your risk factors.”
High cholesterol may be caused by eating lots of fatty foods, or by not doing enough exercise.
Obesity, smoking, and drinking lots of alcohol, all contribute to your cholesterol levels.
Medication can help to keep your cholesterol levels in check, but it’s also important to stick to a healthy diet, and to do regular exercise.
Everyone should aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, as well as 150 minutes of exercise every week.