How many times have I heard about the deterioration of a person’s health due to a disease that could have been dealt with quickly and safely if it had been detected early? .. This is exactly what you should pay attention to when it comes to cholesterol, as fats can accumulate over time and cause dangerous blockages in the arteries, which leads to to a heart attack or stroke.
Many people with high cholesterol won’t actually know they have it, until they get tested or have a related health problem.
However, people with familial hypercholesterolemia — an inherited condition in which cholesterol levels are exceptionally high — may notice some physical signs.
“Hilal” in Al Ain
One of these signs is the presence of a “half-moon” crescent in the eye.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes this as “a whitish-gray discoloration in the shape of a half-moon, on the outer surface of the cornea.”
It occurs when excess cholesterol builds up in the body.
In addition to the crescent in the eye, other signs may appear on the body, which are a warning bell to warn you of your high cholesterol, including:
Swelling of the tendons at the joints of your hands and the Achilles tendon at the back of your ankle. They may look like small fatty lumps.
Raised, pale yellow patches around the eyes and on the eyelids (xanthelasma).
As with high cholesterol associated with lifestyle, high cholesterol associated with a family history can lead to serious complications, such as heart disease.
Is lifestyle change enough?
A key difference between ‘familial’ and lifestyle-related cholesterol is that lifestyle changes to lower genetics often will not be enough.”
“It is a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 250 people and increases the likelihood of developing coronary heart disease at a younger age,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
For people with it, exercise and healthy eating habits are important, but often not enough to lower their cholesterol to a healthy level.
In such cases, medications are necessary to help control cholesterol levels.
Early detection and treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia can reduce the risk of heart disease by about 80 percent.
If your child is diagnosed with it, treatment with statins may be required in childhood, often starting between the ages of eight and ten, according to the British newspaper, Mirror.
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