What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a needed substance in your body. It is a type of fat that circulates in your blood and comes from 2 sources; your body naturally makes cholesterol and from the foods you eat. The cholesterol that your body makes is more than enough for your body to stay healthy.
What is High Cholesterol?
Did you know that having high cholesterol could affect your feet? When we eat a diet high in fat and cholesterol, the body gets overloaded and the excess cholesterol floats in the blood stream. There are several conditions that you may be more at risk for if you have high cholesterol including:
- Coronary Heart Disease: High cholesterol can lead to heart disease and a condition where the cholesterol sticks to the walls of the arteries narrowing them (atherosclerosis.)
- High Blood Pressure
- Peripheral Arterial Disease: The high levels of cholesterol in the blood lead to fatty deposits on arteries that lead to the feet and legs. Therefore, less blood gets to these areas and you can have symptoms such as leg pain while walking, leg numbness or weakness, and sores on your legs, feet, and toes that won’t heal.
- Type II Diabetes: Levels of cholesterol can affect levels of blood sugar and vice versa. Even with good blood sugar control, diabetics have higher cholesterol levels than non-diabetics. Over time, you may develop a condition known as peripheral neuropathy, or a loss of sensation in your toes, feet, and lower legs. This leads to injuries, infections, and ulcers that you may not know you have.
At Advanced Foot Care Centers we see patients with a wide range of health concerns. Many conditions can have symptoms in the feet, so if you notice something different going on, call us for an appointment (706) 861 – 6200. We are here for all of your foot and ankle needs.
By: Ira Kraus