This title is quite misleading, as clinically there are no obvious precursor symptoms of complications (such as redness of the skin or runny nose). What can be considered symptoms are actually the first consequences of excess cholesterol, it means that the evil is there and that steps must be taken immediately to remedy this problem.
But first some basics. Cholesterol is a type of lipid with many important roles such as the composition of cell membranes and the synthesis of various chemicals including steroid hormones, it is naturally present in the liver, brain, spinal cord and other places in the body. In humans, there are mainly two types of cholesterol:
- LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins): Cholesterol is transported from the liver to other cells in the body via LDL lipoproteins, which can end up being deposited in the arteries
- HDL-cholesterol (high density lipoproteins = high density lipoproteins): Cholesterol is transported from the cells to the liver via HDL lipoproteins, which help clean the arteries so that the cholesterol is eliminated.
Its chemical properties make it insoluble and prevent it from traveling through the body on its own, therefore large accumulations can create fatty deposits in the arteries. This will slow down or even in the worst case obstruct the blood flow, symptoms are chest and heart painwhich leads to myocardial infarction or stroke.
We may notice traces at the level of the nasal angle of the eyelid or a corneal arch in people under the age of 60, but these signs are not specific only to excess cholesterol.
Especially since it is not predictable from the outside eye, an overweight person may actually have a normal total cholesterol level, just as a relatively thin person may have a high cholesterol level. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to our diet and our cardiovascular health. The best way to get to the bottom of it is to do a medical checkup.