Understanding the Impact of High Cholesterol

This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own.

 

I have many loved ones and friends with heart and cholesterol problems, some of whom take a statin medication to help manage their high cholesterol. That’s why I’m proud to be involved with Take Cholesterol to Heart, which encourages people with high cholesterol to talk more openly with their doctor and find the statin that works best for them. While being diagnosed with high cholesterol was hard to hear for my friends, finding a treatment plan that worked well for their individual needs gave them hope for living a healthy life!

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. High cholesterol can be deceiving because you can’t see or feel it like some other conditions, but if left untreated, can have serious consequences. Surprisingly, at least 50 percent of people taking a statin medication for high cholesterol stop taking it within a year of starting it, and often aren’t told by their doctor that there are multiple statin options available.

You all know that diabetes is another health issue I really care about. So I was surprised to learn that among patients with high cholesterol who have taken a statin, over 1 in 4 (27 percent) also have Type 2 diabetes, according to ACTION: The Statin Survey*, a recent survey of 5,000 Americans aged 45+ with high cholesterol. In fact, a quarter of the patients surveyed who have Type 2 diabetes acknowledged that they did not take a very active role by asking their healthcare provider any questions about the various statin options, and about 1 in 10 reported that they did not question their healthcare provider’s recommendation.

That’s why it’s important we meet with our doctor to discuss all of our options when looking to treat high cholesterol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you talk openly with your doctor? You should! Don’t ever be afraid to speak up and discuss challenges you are having with your prescription medication. The ACTION survey found only 45 percent of current statin users say they communicate openly with their healthcare provider about challenges with their statin. Open communication helps doctors provide appropriate care for their patients.

To emphasize the importance of having the heart-health conversation with your doctor, join Take Cholesterol to Heart spokesperson Howie Mandel to help inspire others to speak up before they stop their statin. Take to heart the importance of not stopping your medication.

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 about finding the statin that’s right for you.

I am so proud to support this campaign and get more people talking to their doctors about high cholesterol and finding the treatment regimen that works best for them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. and should not be construed to constitute medical advice. My personal story and opinions 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.

*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.

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Advocating

I saw a lady today in line at Walmart and she was staring at me.  She did not look familiar to me so I was trying to remember if I know her through her kids that may know my kids.  Nothing came.  I was next in line and she came up and started the conversation with I remember you from when you were on the Dr OZ show.  Then she asked lot’s of questions ending with I hope I run into you again.  It was nice to run into this sweet lady and it brought back all kinds of great memories of when I was in New York and was on the Dr OZ show.  🙂

I was over at my sisters new home yesterday and she said a lady from church was over.  She said she asked the lady if she knew me and as my sister described me and said something about being a diabetes advocate the lady said oh of coarse I know your sister I met her at a health fair and I remember when she was on the Dr. OZ show.  LOL  I meet so many wonderful people as I travel and do health fairs and speak at so many different kinds of venues.  I love it!  Today these to things caused me to reflect on the past 9 years.  Boy have I come along way.  I love advocating for diabetes with even more passion for the cause the more people living with diabetes that I meet along the way both type 1 and type 2 I gain more passion for the cause.  The diabetes community is very near and dear to my heart and I really feel blessed to keep getting opportunities to share my journey. I posted a video and pic because many I met in Washington have not seen the clip from the Dr OZ show.

Most recently I was in Washington speaking at a Diabetes Educator conference.  I loved being around all of these great people that wanted to know more about my journey.  They daily help so many people living with diabetes.  I always include these amazing educators in our community.  They love their patients and want their patients to succeed.  I heard many say I love what I do and that they could tell that I love what I do.  Hearing that inspired me even more to keep giving to this wonderful community.

My son Mason since he was just a little boy use to ask if he could go to my speaking engagements, events. He said tell them I am your trainer, I help you remember to take your medication, anything so I can go with you.  Sneak me in the suite case.  Mom I really want to go!!  I would always say I am sorry Mason it’s just me going.  Maybe someday.  Well that someday came and we had a blast.  What a wonderful Mother-Son trip we had.  Mason has never seen me speak at a big big event so I was so touched when he said wow Mom you did great.  I was just so happy he got to come and fill my days with fun adventure, shopping, movies and temple visit and go karts.

 

Get Checked!!

If you think you may have type 2 make a Dr appt and GET CHECKED!!  I had 5 out of these 7 symptoms and I was still stubborn going in.  It took 3 extra months of feeling horrible but I really did think I was ill because of my sick new born not because I had diabetes. Now I know different and I want everyone to be tested if they have any of these symptoms.  The sooner you know the sooner you can get treatment and the sooner you will start feeling better.

 

 

Reduce Your Out-Of-Pocket Health Cost

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Reduce Your Out-Of-Pocket Health Cost

 

Health care is a serious issue in the United States. All of us must face it. Whether we are 25 or 65, illness and injury is a possibility. Everyone in the United States must carry health insurance. That is the law. The problem is, not everyone in the United States can afford to carry insurance. This is why we hear about healthcare reform every time we turn on the evening news. The Best Medical Insurance Plan Is The Unused Plan

 

Most young people have health insurance at an affordable rate through their jobs. If they do not have jobs, they usually qualify for the government to help pay for their insurance so, it’s not a big issue.

 

Most young people are healthy and rarely use their insurance, so that makes it easy for them. But what about their parents and grandparents?

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When an American citizen reaches the age of 65, they qualify for Medicare. Young people give this little thought. Most think the elderly get free healthcare. That is wrong. Medicare comes in 4 plans, Parts A, B, C, & D.

 

Medicare Part A pays for hospital bills when you are admitted. Part B pays for most (or a portion of) doctor visits. Part C (Healthcare Advantage) is where you can buy private insurance to take care of more of your medical expenses, using the dollars you are already paying for Parts A & B. Part D is prescription coverage. The only part of this that is free is part A and you actually have to be admitted to use it. Here is more info on part c, www.healthmarkets.com/resources/medicare/what-is-medicare-part-c

 

They Are Working On It

The government is working on this. So far there is no help in the near future. The state governments are working on it and that has added increases to the plans in some states of 57%. So while they are working on it, what are we to do?

 

What we can do to reduce out-of-pocket cost

The first thing you can do is to select your insurance options carefully. Consult an agent and be sure the plan fits your needs. If you go only by lowest up front cost, you will be in trouble if you get seriously ill.

 

But the most important thing you can do is get healthy. Be Pro-active.

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Get Serious and Get Healthy

The best way to save money on your insurance is not to need your insurance, Go for your checkup, and listen to what the doctor says. Get out of your chair (if you can) and start walking, Stop eating foods that are not good for you. Put down the coffee cup and raise a bottle of water to your lips. If you need help, ask for it. Team up with your friends and find a way to get active. Try water aerobics. Get your blood sugar under control. Learn to do what it takes to live a healthy life and live it!

 

Obesity is a problem in the United States, and obese parents are raising obese children. Smoking is still a major concern for teenagers. More kids are drinking alcohol and trying drugs than ever before. It is time for parents to act like parents. It is time for all of us to take care of our bodies.

 

Eventually, there will be a health insurance solution, but there will never be a solution that is better than having, and maintaining good health. So while they are working on how to put us back together, why don’t we work on staying fit now. It will cost less and we will be a lot better off.

 

 

My new toy!!

My sweet husband got a fitbit for me for my Birthday!!  It keeps track of everything!!  A must have as it is the coolest thing I have gotten in along time.  I love that it’s so easy to use.  I have had friends tell me about them but never felt the need to get one.  I was all wrong.  Now that I have it I can’t believe I lived as long as I did without one.  Click on fitbit to check it out!! Fitbit Charge 2

 

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