- High cholesterol is when levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) exceed high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in the blood thereby resulting in plaque accumulation in the arteries.
- Over time, if left unaddressed, high cholesterol can raise the risk of chronic heart diseases, heart attack, or a stroke.
- But what makes it further risky is that the condition comes without any symptoms – however, one warning sign can appear on the face.
The symptom of high cholesterol that manifests on the face
How does arcus senilis occur?
Arcus senilis often begins as a short arc of colour along the top and bottom of the cornea. These may over time connect to form a complete ring. It may develop in people with normal cholesterol levels at an older age too – however, if the ring forms in those under 45, it could be a symptom of high cholesterol.
The best way to get diagnosed with high cholesterol is to get a blood test done or a finger-prick test. Once confirmed, doctors can recommend a cholesterol-lowering medication like statins or suggest lifestyle changes for better management. These include:
- Cut back on the intake of fatty foods – those that contain saturated and trans fats
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol intake
- Get ample workouts to lose weight.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.