Even slightly elevated levels of high cholesterol can have an effect on long-term health. A study published in Circulation found that for every decade spent with high cholesterol, it increases a person's risk of heart disease by thirty-nine percent. According to lead study author Doctor Ann Marie Navar-Boggan, âThe number of years with elevated cholesterol, or 'lipid years,' can affect you in a similar way to the number of 'pack years' you have had as a smoker.â Find out the long-term effects of high cholesterol you likely did not know about now.
Having high cholesterol levels for an extended period may lead to an imbalance of bile, which may result in the production of gallstones. The National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse found over eighty percent of gallstones are derived from cholesterol. The buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries may also block blood flow to the stomach and kidneys. Intestinal ischemic syndrome occurs when a blockage in the arteries leading to the intestines causes abdominal pain, bloody stools, vomiting, and nausea.
Keep reading to discover more long-term effects of high cholesterol.