Changes in colour
Inadequate blood flow to the legs can lead to changes in the appearance of your skin. Depending on the leg's position, it may appear either paler than usual (for instance, when elevating the legs) or take on a darker, purplish colour during prolonged periods of sitting. Discolouration in your toes may also be noticeable. If you observe any of these symptoms, it's important to make an appointment with your GP.
How do I know if my cholesterol is too high?
Many people with high cholesterol don't experience any symptoms at all, so it's a good idea to get tested. You can have this test done through your GP, or for a small fee, many pharmacists can perform the test for you. You may also choose to purchase a home test kit. If your cholesterol levels are high, you can then take steps to improve your diet and lifestyle to help lower your cholesterol levels.
Some individuals with high cholesterol may experience symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, or chest pain. If you encounter these symptoms, it's important to consult your GP.
How can I relieve my leg pain?
If you’re experiencing leg pain caused by high-cholesterol or PAD, the good news is that changes to your diet and lifestyle can relieve the symptoms. Some doctors recommend ‘supervised exercise’, which means exercising with a specialist trainer. Exercise such as walking until the pain is too much, before taking a rest, then walking again can also be a good way to improve symptoms and gain fitness.
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