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Can having high cholesterol cause my dizziness?

December 10, 2019 3 min read

Regular bouts of dizziness, whether when rising, or just throughout the day, are a worrying symptom, and could mean that you have an underlying problem.

But is it possible that your dizziness is being caused by high cholesterol?

The short answer is no.

In general, high cholesterol has no major, obvious external symptoms like dizziness.

This is one of the issues with high cholesterol. Despite it having serious long term health effects, as well as major and potentially life changing or lethal complications like heart disease and strokes, there is no real way to know if you have high cholesterol besides having a blood test.

However, there are cases where you're more likely to have high cholesterol, as well as rare symptoms that can be an indicator. These are detailed below:

Possible symptoms of high cholesterol


  • Obesity: The higher your weight, the more chance you have of having high cholesterol. If you are significantly overweight, you will be at a far greater risk of having high cholesterol.
    If so, yo should consider talking to your doctor about having a blood test to confirm your LDL levels and possible methods you can use to control both your weight and your cholesterol.
  • Diabetes: Having diabetes contributes to an inability to manage cholesterol levels. If you have diabetes, speak to your doctor about having regular check ups.
    It's also important to point out that diabetes can cause dizziness symptoms, meaning that it could be the reason you regularly feel dizzy.
  • In rare cases, people who have a genetic propensity for high cholesterol can develop growths over their bodies. These soft, yellowish lesions are called xanthoma, and may point towards an increased chance of high cholesterol.
  • For men, impotence can be a sign of high cholesterol. As high cholesterol blocks blood vessels and restricts blood flow, it can cause sexual problems amongst men.


Other symptoms to be aware of


  • If at any point you develop symptoms associated with heart disease, strokes or atherosclerosis (blocked arteries,) contact your doctor immediately.
    These symptoms may include chest pain or pressure, being unsteady on your feet, slurred speech, pain in your legs, or dizziness.
    All of these could be a sign of major or incoming health problems.


What might be causing my dizziness?

There are many possible causes for frequent dizzy spells, which may include:


  • Anemia
  • Low blood sugar
  • Dehydration
  • Some infections, including inner ear infections
  • Motion sickness
  • Some medications
  • Heart disease
  • Anxiety disorders


What to do now

Because the causes of dizziness are so widespread, and it can be caused by such a wide variety of symptoms, the best option if you regularly suffer from dizziness or dizzy spells is to contact your healthcare provider.

Whether you're worried about it or not, dizzy spells could be a symptom of an underlying problem, and your doctor will be able to assess your situation and run any necessary tests to identify and solve the causal issue.


Important information: The information provided on this website is of a general nature and information purposes only. It does not take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. It is not personalised health advice and must not be relied upon as such. Before making any decisions about your health or changes to medication, diet and exercise routines you should determine whether the information is appropriate in terms of your particular circumstances and seek advice from a medical professional.