Experts warn of 3 red flag symptoms of silent killer that can appear in the feet

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There are three signs that can appear on your feet that may be serious red flags when it comes to your health, indicating you might be suffering from a silent killer

If you spot these three signs, make sure to book an appointment to see your GP.

Our feet can actually tell us a lot about the state of our health, but sometimes people don’t give them quite enough attention. Because we rely on our feet so much, almost everyone could benefit from spending more time regularly taking care of their feet and making a note of any changes to their appearance.

According to experts, there are three particular signs you should be on the lookout for that can be red flags when it comes to your overall health and wellbeing. If they appear then it could mean you are suffering from what is sometimes referred to as a silent killer, and might need further tests. However, it’s important not to panic – and always speak to your GP if you’re worried about any symptoms.

The silent killer in question is high cholesterol. Most of the time, people experience no symptoms when their cholesterol is too high, but over time it can mean your risk of getting a serious health condition is increased, which is why it’s earned that nickname. Cholesterol building up to high levels is mostly caused by lifestyle habits, and it can only be properly confirmed with a blood test conducted by your doctor, however, keeping an eye out for these signs in your feet is still a good idea.

The symptoms in your feet will arise if high cholesterol has caused you to develop peripheral arterial disease or PAD. According to the NHS, PAD “is a common condition where a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries restricts blood supply to leg muscles. It’s also known as peripheral vascular disease.”

Again, it is often unfortunately a symptomless condition, but those who do experience symptoms will find an unexplained ache in their legs to be common. Other signs you have developed the condition can include having ulcers on your feet that don’t heal properly, toenails that become brittle, and hair loss on your feet.

Making lifestyle changes can lower your risk of high cholesterol and PAD, and these include making sure you eat a healthy diet and taking regular exercise as well as stopping smoking, and minimising the amount of alcohol you consume.

The NHS recommends if you are trying to lower your cholesterol that you focus on replacing saturated fats with unsaturated ones and opting for things like mackerel and salmon, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, as well as wholegrain carbohydrates like bread, rice, and pasta.

It’s important to remember that the above symptoms don’t necessarily mean you have high cholesterol, and could be due to a number of reasons. However, it’s always a good idea to speak to your GP to check.

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