CHRONIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT
We take an integrated care approach to managing illness which includes screenings, check-ups, monitoring and coordinating treatment, and patient education. It can improve your quality of life while reducing your health care costs if you have a chronic disease by preventing or minimizing the effects of a disease.
What is a chronic condition?
There are many definitions of “chronic condition,” some more expansive than others. We characterize it as any condition that requires ongoing adjustments by the affected person and interactions with the health care system.
Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. It can lead to severe complications and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death. While blood pressure is best regulated through the diet before it reaches the stage of hypertension, there is a range of treatment options including regular physical exercise and stress reduction. Your primary care provider will work with you on a plan to manage your high blood pressure and may get you on one or more medications to help. The choice of drug depends on the individual and any other conditions they may have.
Some Types Of Medications:
A range of drug types are available to help lower blood pressure, including:
- diuretics, including thiazides, chlorthalidone, and indapamide
- beta-blockers and alpha-blockers
- calcium-channel blockers
- central agonists
- peripheral adrenergic inhibitor
- angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
- angiotensin receptor blockers
You can manage your diabetes and live a long and healthy life by taking care of yourself each day. Diabetes can affect almost every part of your body. Therefore, you will need to manage your blood glucose levels, also called blood sugar. Managing your blood glucose, as well as your blood pressure and cholesterol, can help prevent the health problems that can occur when you have diabetes.
How can I manage my diabetes?
With the help of your primary care provider, you can create a diabetes self-care plan to manage your diabetes.
- Follow your diabetes meal plan.
- Make physical activity part of your routine.
- Take your medicine.
- Check your blood glucose levels.
- Work with your health care team.
- Cope with your diabetes in healthy ways.
- See your primary care provider regularly
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic disease that is often preventable and treatable. If you or a loved one has COPD, there are steps to take to cope with the lifestyle changes this disease brings. Learning about COPD and its treatment with your primary care provider can help you feel more in control. COPD damages the airways in your lungs and leads to shortness of breath, impacting your work, exercise, sleep and other everyday activities.
More than 11 million people in the U.S. suffer from COPD. It causes serious long-term disability and early death. There’s no cure, but COPD can be prevented and treated.
ANXIETY & DEPRESSION
While Depression and Anxiety are two different medical conditions, their symptoms, causes, and treatments can often overlap. If you have anxiety, depression, or both, chances are that your primary care provider will recommend medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. Keep track your symptoms and keep a log of how you feel each day, as this can help in the diagnostic process. It’s also important to speak up and ask your provider whether they think you have depression, anxiety, or both. This clarity can help you understand the treatment focus and how to manage your symptoms.
OBESITY/WEIGHT MANAGEMENT/THYROID ISSUES
Obesity is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, dyslipidemia, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, all-cause mortality, and cancer. Thus, severe obesity is an important cause of premature mortality among middle-aged adults. Moreover, obesity, especially central obesity, is linked to many endocrine abnormalities, including thyroid dysfunction. Obesity is one of the most important health risks of our time. Staying in touch with your primary care provider is important if you suffer from or or struggling with obesity or thyroid function.
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