High Cholesterol Treatment -- What Works?
Safe, effective treatment for high cholesterol isn't hard -- but it can be confusing. Get the facts.
Sticking to Your High Cholesterol Treatments continued...
It is very easy to forget about high cholesterol. Even though it may still
be doing damage, you can't feel it.
So how can you make healthy changes stick? The experts have some advice.
- Get tested regularly. All adults need to be tested at least once
every five years. People with high cholesterol or other risk factors may need
to be tested once a year or more.
- Know your numbers. "People need to know what the cholesterol
numbers are and what their target numbers should be," says Sperling.
- If you've been prescribed medicine, take it. It's easy to get lax
about taking a daily medicine. So do what you can to remember. Use a weekly
pill box or an alarm to help you remember.
- Get help in making lifestyle changes. Changing the way you eat isn't
easy -- you've probably developed some bad habits over the decades. But,
unfortunately, Wong says that many doctors -- because they are so busy -- just
don't give good guidance on this crucial part of treatment.
"Doctors might just tell a patient, 'Exercise more and eat less,'" Wong
says. "But making these changes requires a lot more than vague
So ask specific questions about what to do. If you find you're having trouble
making changes to your habits, check back in with your doctor. If possible,
Wong suggests having a few meetings with a dietician who can help guide
Perhaps most importantly, you need to stay involved. Don't be a passive
about your high cholesterol treatment. Partnering with your doctor will lead to
better results, says Sperling.
So whether you've been just diagnosed with high cholesterol or have known
for years (and never gotten around to doing anything about it) now is the time
to get serious. High cholesterol treatment is safe and it works. It could even
save your life.