What records do I need to keep about my cholesterol?

To get your cholesterol under control, you need to improve your diet and get more exercise. You may need to take medicine as well. One strategy for making lifestyle changes and sticking with them is to record your progress. Your records of your efforts will also help you identify areas where you need more information or support. It will help your healthcare team assess how effective your treatment is, too. Once you and your healthcare team have worked out an effective treatment plan and you are able to follow it, you may find that you do not need to continue keeping all the same records.

How Can I Keep Track of My Diet?

Use a food diary to keep a record of what you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat. This will help you see where you're doing well and pick out areas that you need to improve. Show it to your doctor or your dietitian to get tips on how you can make even more progress.

How Can I Keep Track of My Exercise?

Record your daily activity using an exercise diary. Keeping track of your exercise can help you stay motivated because you can see the work you've already done. You can also see the progress you've made in building your fitness level and working out longer, harder, and more often. By looking at your exercise diary, your doctor or your exercise specialist can help you set fitness goals, so share your diary with your healthcare team.

How Can I Keep Track of the Medicines I Need?

Write down the medicine you take. You can also record whether you're able to take it as directed and whether you're having any side effects. This can be especially helpful if you need to take and keep track of more than one medicine. To make sure you know all the details you need to know about each medicine, write down your doctor's answers to any questions you ask.

Should I Keep Track of My Symptoms?

Having a high level of cholesterol in the blood doesn't cause any symptoms. But if your high cholesterol leads to narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to your heart, you may develop chest pain called angina or other symptoms of heart disease. Make a record of any symptoms you have.