This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own.
Last year, I discussed the fact that despite living a healthy lifestyle, dangerous health conditions can still develop without symptoms. Having high cholesterol is one of those serious conditions that can affect anyone, and it can be present with no symptoms. If high cholesterol is not treated, it can lead to heart disease or stroke. This is why I want to talk to you about the Take Cholesterol to Heart campaign. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. The condition is scary and real.
High cholesterol and heart disease run in my family, so cholesterol levels are something I regularly monitor. Fortunately, I haven’t developed any health concerns, but if I wasn’t getting regular blood tests, I wouldn’t know! Sometimes high cholesterol can be lowered with proper diet and exercise, but not in all cases. Knowing I’m at risk, I eat a diet that is rich in foods that are known to lower LDL cholesterol levels and I get checked regularly by my doctor.
When high cholesterol cannot be managed with diet and exercise alone, your doctor may prescribe a statin – a class of medicine proven to be both safe and effective in the treatment of high cholesterol. But, here’s another alarming statistic: At least 50% of people taking a statin medication for high cholesterol stop taking it within the first year, and often aren’t told by their doctor that there are multiple statin options available. There are several options when it comes to choosing a statin, and like many medications, sometimes you should make adjustments to find the one that is right for you. Even though doctors may let patients know the risk of stopping a statin, people still simply stop taking them.
According to a recent survey of 5,000 Americans aged 45+ with high cholesterol, ACTION: The Statin Survey*, found only 45% of current statin users say they communicate openly with their healthcare provider. Despite having challenges with the statin they are taking, some people don’t have an open conversation with their doctor about it. This is something that needs to change! We must speak with our medical providers about medications, side effects and concerns. Also, we must encourage others to have frank conversations with their doctor about treatment options to manage their high cholesterol.
Please help inspire others to speak up before they stop taking their statin medication. Whether it’s a colleague, family member, neighbor or anyone else whose life you touch, inspire them. This is a way you can have a positive impact on another human life. Join Take Cholesterol to Heart spokesperson Howie Mandel to learn more!
Where can you go to learn more?
Visit TakeCholesteroltoHeart.com for more information on the risk factors of high cholesterol and tools and resources to help you talk to your doctor.
You can also find information on how to encourage others to have frank conversations with their doctor. Help yourself and help others by raising awareness and educating about high cholesterol and strategies to help people stay on their doctor-prescribed statin. Isn’t that the best possible thing we can do as human beings?
*Harris Poll conducted ACTION: The Statin Survey (Understanding Patient Adherence and Concerns with Statins, and Medication Discussions with Physicians) online on behalf of Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. from July 7 to August 4, 2017, among 5,014 U.S. adults age 45 or older who had been diagnosed with high cholesterol and had used a statin to treat high cholesterol. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
This post is sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and should not be construed to constitute medical advice. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own. I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to give medical advice. Please talk with your doctor about your individual medical situation.