Many of us find it hard to stay motivated to reach our cholesterol targets. Here are a few ways to stay on track:
Keep the benefits in mind.
You can't see or feel your high cholesterol. That's why it can be so hard to stay motivated to take your medication and keep up your healthy lifestyle changes. To help you stay on track, remember why you're trying so hard to reach your targets. The benefits of reaching your targets include a lower risk of developing heart disease (in people who don't already have it), and its complications, such as heart attacks and strokes.
Healthy lifestyle changes can have other health benefits too. Exercise can improve your energy levels and fight stress. Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of cancer, make breathing easier, and help improve your senses of smell and taste. Reaching a healthy weight can help you look and feel better.
Track your progress.
You can't feel your cholesterol levels changing. But you can keep track of your cholesterol levels and see how they change over time. This can help make the benefits of your treatment plan seem more "real", which can be very motivating. Use the Cholesterol Diary to keep track of your cholesterol levels and your cholesterol targets. This will give you a real sense of your progress.
Don't get stuck at a roadblock.
If you run into a problem with your treatment, speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Most concerns can be resolved. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if:
- you're not sure if you're on the most appropriate cholesterol medication
- you're worried about side effects
- you're not sure how to use your medication
- you often forget doses of your medication
- you're having trouble fitting lifestyle changes into your routine
- you're not sure if your treatment is working
- you're feeling discouraged about your cholesterol treatment
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