When cholesterol in the blood increases, cholesterol is accumulated on the wall of the blood vessel, causing stroke or heart attack.
Cholesterol level can be checked by blood test, but you don’t go see a doctor so often.
But you can check cholesterol level by checking the thickness of Achilles’ tendon.
How to check whether cholesterol level is high or not
(1) Sit on a chair and cross your leg.
(2) Pick the thinnest part of Achilles’ tendon with your fingers.
(3) Measure the length between fingers (Fig. 1).
If the thickness of your Achilles’ tendon is more than 1.5 cm (0.6 inches), there is a possibility that you have high cholesterol.
Why is Achille’s tendon checked for cholesterol?
Achille’s tendon tends to store cholesterol. Achilles’ tendon is located at the lower part of the body, so the weight is always on Achilles’ tendon and Achilles’ tendon is easily damaged. To restore the damage, cholesterol is soaked out from the blood vessel nearby. Cholesterol is originally fat to restore the damaged tissue, but if the cholesterol level is high, Achilles’ tendon becomes swollen (Fig. 2).
According to a research, one of ten people who had heart attack had more than 1.5 cm thick of Achilles’ tendon.
Mona Lisa had high cholesterol?
When you look at around the eyes of Mona Lisa, you can find a fatty deposit (Fig. 3), which is called xanthoma (Fig. 4). If you have this kind of fatty deposits, there is a possibility of high cholesterol.
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