If You Feel This, You Have Have “Too High Cholesterol” — Eat This Not That

By Ghuman


High cholesterol is a major health concern for many people. It can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and even death. Fortunately, there are many ways to lower your cholesterol levels, including making changes to your diet. Eating the right foods can help you reduce your cholesterol levels and improve your overall health. In this article, we will discuss some of the best foods to eat if you have high cholesterol, as well as some foods to avoid. We will also provide tips on how to make healthier food choices and incorporate them into your daily diet. By following these tips, you can help lower your cholesterol levels and improve your overall health.

If You Feel This, You Have Have “Too High Cholesterol” — Eat This Not That

High cholesterol is a serious health concern that can lead to heart disease, stroke, and other serious medical conditions. If you feel any of the following symptoms, you may have too high cholesterol and should take steps to lower it:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Numbness in the extremities

If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor right away. Your doctor can help you determine if you have too high cholesterol and what steps you should take to lower it.

Once you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, it is important to make changes to your diet and lifestyle to help lower your cholesterol levels. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are two of the best ways to lower your cholesterol. Here are some foods to eat and foods to avoid if you have too high cholesterol:

Foods to Eat

  • Oats
  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains

Foods to Avoid

  • Processed meats
  • Fried foods
  • Sugary drinks
  • Trans fats
  • High-fat dairy products

Making these changes to your diet and lifestyle can help you lower your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you have any questions or concerns about your cholesterol levels, talk to your doctor.

Are your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol levels too high? “The effects of high cholesterol build up over the years,” says cardiologist Luke Laffin, MD. “We have to be aggressive about trying to lower it. Over long periods of time, high cholesterol increases the risk for strokes, heart attacks and hardening of your arteries, called atherosclerosis. Those are the main things we worry about.” Here are five signs your cholesterol is too high, according to doctors. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

Woman lying in the bed and suffering from leg muscle cramps

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a dangerous condition where plaque buildup in leg arteries can cause pain. “People wouldn’t necessarily think that sore legs are related to heart disease,” says vascular surgeon Andy Lee, MD, Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “But if leg arteries are blocked, it’s likely that coronary arteries are blocked as well. Left untreated, PAD can potentially increase a person’s risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack. It is also a leading cause of limb amputation.”


Dizziness could be a sign of high cholesterol. “Say you have plaque buildup or cholesterol in your carotid arteries and not enough blood flow, or if you have narrowing of certain heart valves, or if you have arrhythmias, these can lead to what some people would call dizziness but is probably more appropriately termed lightheadedness,” says Dr. Laffin.

Woman lying in bed at home holding a hand to her chest by a sharp pain

Chest pain could be a sign of serious illness and should never be ignored. “It’s important to focus on your cardiovascular health and if you experience any chest pain you should get this investigated urgently,” says Luke Pratsides, MD. “In particular, any chest pain that’s worse on exertion can be a sign of a blocked coronary artery that could lead to a fatal heart attack. If you ever have persistent or worsening chest pain that’s like someone’s sitting on your chest, or there’s any radiation of the pain to your left arm or jaw, this could be a sign of a heart attack and you should call [an ambulance].

Woman rubbing her eyes.

High cholesterol can cause small, yellow fatty deposits called xanthelasma around the eyes. “Most often, we see it in the upper eyelids and the inner part of the eyelids closest to the nose,” says ophthalmologist Nicole Bajic, MD. “We’re not exactly sure why it occurs in some people with high cholesterol and not others, but when you see it on someone who does not have a known history of high cholesterol, it is a good idea to get that checked as there is roughly a 50% chance they have it.”

Sad man sitting on a bed, girlfriend in the background.

High cholesterol can lead to erectile dysfunction, doctors warn. “Older men who have poor cardiovascular health, diabetes or metabolic syndrome often experience erectile dysfunction – and the prevalence of these diseases is expected to increase,” says John B. Kostis, MD, professor of medicine, director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the study’s principal investigator. “Our research indicates that statins not only improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack, but also improve erectile function in the men included in our analysis.”

Ferozan Mast

Ferozan Mast is a science, health and wellness writer with a passion for making science and research-backed information accessible to a general audience. Read more about Ferozan