Study Shows Adherent Cholesterol Patients have increased medication costsJeremy Whiteley
The most recent study shows that adherent individuals that take statins to fight their high cholesterol (who remained on their meds over a two year period) were, in fact, healthier. The downside is that it cost them more money, including medications and hospitalizations than those that didn’t.
Stunning news. Not. Those of us that use these meds could have guessed this.
Prior studies showed that adherence leads to lower costs overall. But the combination of these studies fails to speak to the vast populace of patients being treated for high cholesterol.
High cholesterol is one of those diseases associated with heart disease. Typically, a patient is increasingly prone to having one or more heart associated diseases as they age. I have them all, except for heard disease. I have diabetes, asthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and I’m eager not to graduate into the world of heart disease. As many of us have come to know, the goal is to reverse the damage, if possible. We certainly don’t want these diseases (or any disease as I think about it) to progress.
The road to health is a healthy diet, moderate exercise, and following your physician’s prescription medication regimen. It involves a lot of walking, working with light to moderate weights. Food wise, we have to be diligent about eating more fruits and vegetables, a moderate amount of fish, chicken and beef, cutting down on breads and dairy; watching your weight. You have to check with your doctor to ensure that you’re healthy enough to exercise.
The key goal in all of this is to STAY HEALTHY. Even little issues, like getting a cold or the flu, can lead to a domino affect of issues for your body. It’s essential to keep your health. This new study doesn’t seem to take anything into account except adherence. Of course it will cost you a bit more to purchase the meds necessary to be adherent, but the inverse is to allow your body to fall into disrepair through lack of meds, good foods, etc. To not be dedicated to staying well , including medication adherence, equates to not caring if your body falls into disrepair, I would even go so far as to say “avoiding heath.” It’s pretty clear. You have to make a choice if you want to achieve and keep your health. Okay, then, now you have to do something about it.
What’s it worth to have your health? Certainly more than the few dollars you might spend on the purchase of your statin drugs. Your health involves a much larger picture.
There are lots of resources on the internet to help you achieve a good diet and a workout routine. When it comes to being adherent, MedTexter is here to help you manage your medications including reminding you when it’s time to take them.