Ugly Side Effects of High Cholesterol

Heart Attack

Over time, the unchecked buildup of plaque leads to one of the most notorious side effects of high cholesterol.

When cholesterol levels are high, the extra cholesterol gets stored in the arteries and builds up over time into plaque, making it difficult for blood to flow properly through the arteries,

Skin Growths

While cholesterol can cause a ton of internal side effects, not every symptom of high LDL levels stays on the inside.

"Unfortunately, most people who have high cholesterol levels will not know they have high cholesterol levels without having bloodwork done to tell them they have high cholesterol levels,"

Male Impotence

Men with high cholesterol have to stay extra vigilant, as too much LDL cholesterol can stop you from starting a family. 

"Another potential sign is impotence in men because the blood vessels that lead to the penis can become occluded (blocked) from high cholesterol levels," says Dr. Ellis Hunnes.

Arterial Damage

"High levels of cholesterol are associated with atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and coronary heart disease,"

"Atherosclerosis is caused by plaque build-up inside the arteries that narrows them and reduces blood flow. This causes symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, and irregular heartbeat."


If you let your cholesterol levels get too high and experience copious amounts of arterial damage, you might suffer a stroke.

"Stroke symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, confusion, trouble speaking, vision problems, and loss of balance or coordination."


If you leave your bad cholesterol levels unchecked, you might just end up contracting diabetes.

"Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when cells do not respond properly to insulin," says Elmardi. "Insulin helps control sugar levels in the blood.

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