High Cholesterol Triggers Changes in Toenails, Could Be a Serious Sign

Signs of high cholesterol can be found on the nails.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — High cholesterol is the main cause of heart and blood vessel disease. The problem is clinical symptoms cholesterol often do not appear so that people do not notice.

Even so, changes in toenails can indicate the possibility of plaque buildup in the blood vessels. This can be a serious health problem if left unchecked.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common outcome of high cholesterol which is not managed. This circulatory problem occurs as a result of narrowing of the arteries that reduces blood flow to the legs.

When blood circulation is increasingly disturbed, changes in the nails will be more obvious. In peripheral arterial disease, the limbs do not receive enough blood to meet their needs.

The feet are particularly susceptible to this condition as they require a higher volume of oxygen due to physical activity. Some of the first signs of a nail not getting enough oxygen is a change in color or temperature.

The same condition can also cause further complications in the toenails. Toenail deformities, such as thickened nails due to fungus and ingrown toenails also tend to be common in individuals with peripheral arterial disease.

“Simple foot deformity, hammertoe (abnormal bending of the toe at the center joint), bunions (bone lumps at the joint at the base of the big toe), bony prominences, or dermatological conditions, such as ingrown or thickened fungal nails, often become a more serious problem when people have the disease. peripheral arteries,” explains health platform Foot Health Facts ExpressWednesday (18/5/2022).

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A person’s limbs and legs with peripheral artery disease do not have normal blood flow. Since blood is needed for healing, seemingly minor problems, such as blisters, can also lead to serious complications.

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