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is when you have too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your blood. Like other precursors to heart attack or stroke, it operates under the surface. This is why it is integral to be able to spot any unusual warning symptoms including any of these three changes you can experience on your hands.  

A study published in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics, looked at how unusual creases found on the hands could be an indication of high cholesterol levels.

N.R. Shanker of the Sree Sastha Institute of Engineering and Technology and colleagues described how they have developed a non-invasive way to test cholesterol levels in patients at increased risk of heart disease.

Their approach is based on the creation of a large database of cholesterol levels recorded using standard blood tests and linked to a standardised photograph of the hand for each patient; cholesterol is concentrated in the creases of one’s fingers.

Unfortunately, most people will not experience symptoms of high cholesterol, so the only way to measure blood cholesterol levels is to get a blood test.

“Your GP or practice nurse will take a blood sample, usually by pricking your finger or you might be asked to go for a blood test at your local hospital,” says the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

According to the BHF, your blood is then checked for levels of good (HDL) cholesterol, bad (non-HDL) cholesterol and triglycerides (another type of blood fat), as well as getting a total cholesterol result.

HDL cholesterol is often dubbed the “good” cholesterol because it counters the harmful effects of LDL cholesterol.

Source: Daily Express

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