Having high cholesterol is not like having a cut or an infection. You can't be treated and cured and then forget about it. To control high cholesterol, you need to stick with your treatment plan for life. It's not enough to improve your diet, exercise regularly, and take your medicine for a short time. If you don't stick with your treatment, your cholesterol will likely return to the unhealthy levels you worked so hard to change.
Instead, you need to make healthy eating and regular exercise part of your lifestyle. If you need medicine to lower your cholesterol, you'll probably need to take this for the rest of your life, too. The good news is that the lifestyle changes that help control cholesterol can also help prevent other health problems. These include diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer. Your healthcare team can teach you how to make the changes you need to make and can support your efforts.