11 Signs Cholesterol Is Harming Your Legs

Everyone knows high cholesterol can clog the heart's blood vessels, but the damage doesn't stop there. Cholesterol can also affect the legs, leading to a condition called peripheral arterial disease, or PAD.

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Skin and nail changes

PAD can cause changes in the toenails and the skin on the legs.

Because the legs aren't receiving normal blood flow or nourishment, you may notice that you are losing hair on the feet and legs, or that it's growing back more slowly if you shave it.

The skin on the legs may get shiny and tight, and toenails may thicken or grow more slowly.

All of these are usually experienced together, Dr. Schneider says.

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