New Year’s Resolutions

By: Alere Staff
Publication Date: Sun, 12/01/2013

Fifty percent of us make New Year’s Resolutions and nearly all of us break them. If you are one of the many millions of people who begin to think about what they’re going to do differently in the new year – you’re in good company. You’re also in the company of procrastinators who put things off, often forever.

We all have great intentions on choosing the one or two things that will make us a better person. Unfortunately, before the end of January, 88% of us are back to the person we were weeks before we made them.1 Stop smoking or losing weight is among the most common resolutions. Two ways psychologists recommend you can keep your resolutions this year include: 1) think small, 2) make realistic and measurable goals.

Scientists have even located specific cells in your brain responsible for your willpower, located right behind your forehead. So, while you keep your eye on your goal this year, your willpower cells are right behind you.

If you take warfarin (Coumadin® medication), consider talking to your doctor about becoming a self-tester. By self-testing you can improve your quality of life by eliminating frequent travel for lab tests. Studies have shown that patients who test their INR weekly at home have better control of their warfarin with a common time in range of 74%.2 Better warfarin control means less chance of bleeding and nuisance bruising.

If your goal next year is to improve your health, begin by calling Alere at 1.800.504.4032 to start the easy enrollment process of self-testing at home. Home INR Monitoring is a team effort between you and your doctor. It will provide you peace of mind between routine doctor’s visits and is covered for by Medicare and most private insurance companies.3 Keep your New Year’s resolution by choosing something that gives you an immediate benefit and puts control in your hand for years ahead.

  1. Widrich, L. 2013. The science of new year’s resolutions: why 88% fail and how to them work. Retrieved September 5, 2013 from web site:
  2. Ansell, J. March 2012.  Patient Self-Testing: Real-World Experience Within a Comprehensive Support Service Represents a New Standard of Care, Attaining High Quality Anticoagulation Control.Poster presented at: American College of Cardiology.
  3. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (2008). Decision Memo for Prothrombin Time (INR) Monitor for Home Anticoagulation Management (CAG-00087R) [Memorandum]. Baltimore, MD.