If you have a high level of fat in the blood this is known as having high cholesterol. If untreated this can be a cause for concern as it can raise your risk of life-threatening emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes. Therefore, being aware of the condition as soon as possible is vital.
This can be caused by cholesterol deposits building up under the skin.
The Cleveland Clinic explains: “Half of the people with xanthelasmas have high cholesterol levels.
“Healthcare providers usually see these levels in people with the kind of high cholesterol you get from your parents or some liver diseases.
“It’s very likely that you have high cholesterol if you have xanthelasmas.”
Do you have high cholesterol?
Although xanthelasmas is one symptom of high cholesterol, the only way to be entirely sure if you have high cholesterol is by getting tested.
A healthy level of total cholesterol in the blood is considered to be five or less millimoles per litre (mmol/l).
More specifically, a healthy level of high-density lipoprotein (“good” cholesterol) is one or more mmol/l.
And you should have four or less mmol/l of low-density lipoprotein (“bad” cholesterol).