High cholesterol symptoms: Five signs high cholesterol has caused irreversible damage – Daily Express

Other irreversible warning signs include:

  • Leg amputation
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Permanent visual field loss.

How to ward off cholesterol complications

Doctor Pratsides said: “Whilst it is impossible to completely avoid atherosclerosis, as small plaques are inevitable with time, you can prevent major vessel occlusions and slow any progression of existing athersclerotic plaques by ensuring a diet low in saturated fats.”

Saturated fat is found in:

  • Butter, ghee, suet, lard, coconut oil and palm oil
  • Cakes
  • Biscuits
  • Fatty cuts of meat
  • Sausages
  • Bacon
  • Cured meats like salami, chorizo and pancetta
  • Cheese.

According to Doctor Pratsides, you should also opt for a diet low in refined sugar, refrain from smoking and avoid excessive alcohol consumption to curb high levels.