Pain Zapping Foods

Pain Zapping Foods

 Find out which foods may aggravate or improve your pain.

Breast Cancer Link

Breast Cancer Link

Better safe than sorry with breast cancer prevention. Avoid this common hygiene product.

Chicken Q&A

Chicken Q&A

All you want to know about this bird, except why she crossed the road.

Cholesterol Deposits Around the Eyes May Signal Heart Problems

If you've ever wondered why your doctor examines your eyes when you're just there for a regular checkup, it's because your eyes can indicate heart problems.

How are your peepers? Take this assessment to check your eye health.

As doctors, we're looking into your eyes for clues, such as cholesterol deposits. Your eyes can actually provide early warnings about your heart health. The cool thing is that you can keep an eye out for the same things we do, such as:

  • Small yellow patches around your eyes: These are cholesterol deposits called xanthelasmata, which suggest a serious risk of heart disease or a fatal heart attack. In 50% of cases, there are no other warning signs of heart problems.
  • A white ring around your pupils: Called a corneal arcus, it hints of cholesterol that's high enough to trigger heart disease -- especially if you're under 40.
  • Blood vessels in your eyes that look kinky or off-color: If the blood vessels on your retina are looped, have sharp bends, or look more gray or bronze rather than red, we'll check extra carefully for diabetes and hypertension.

Foods to Nourish Your Eyes

RealAge Benefits

Reducing your total cholesterol to 160 mg/dL or lower can make your RealAge as much as 5 years younger. Take the RealAge Test!

January, 2011