Chronic disease management involves managing the symptoms of a long-term disease, thereby allowing patients to enjoy life. Through managing your chronic disease, doctors can help slow down the progression of your disease and help control the symptoms – so you can take back control of your life.
Managing a chronic disease involves a comprehensive, total-health approach. This means it focuses on keeping you healthier and happier by understanding your overall health profile and improving the specific conditions you have.
No chronic disease develops on its own without any influence from your environment, lifestyle, and genetics. In chronic disease management, all of these factors are considered when developing a total health solution to help control the health condition and reduce its symptoms.
What Are Chronic Diseases?
Chronic diseases are health conditions that stay with a patient long-term and don’t heal or go away. They can last for several years or for a lifetime. These conditions are especially difficult to deal with because many times, patients have to learn to live with them instead of finding a permanent solution to cure the condition.
There are many chronic diseases that millions of Americans have. Here are some examples:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
How Can I Manage My Chronic Disease?
Chronic disease management helps you control your condition by having your doctor take into account your full medical history and medical status. The physician will then decide on a treatment recommendation for your particular disease. Some medications have contraindications with other medications (which means they counteract each other or could cause an adverse reaction together), so your doctor will want a broad overview of your health in order to avoid any problems.
Managing a chronic disease goes far beyond just simple blood tests or treating symptoms – it strives to reduce symptoms while also controlling the condition and its progression. Also, one health condition may be causing or significantly impacting another health condition, so understanding this relationship can help you and your doctor manage the disease effectively.
Your doctor may also examine your lifestyle to understand what other factors are possibly contributing to your chronic condition. For example, if you have diabetes, an unhealthy diet can make it worse; if you have asthma, living in an environment with airborne irritants can cause more asthma attacks.
Managing your disease involves understanding not only your disease, but also your environment and lifestyle – and their impacts on your condition. Managing all of the various factors can help to slow down the progression of chronic diseases.
Family Doctors in Texoma
If you suffer from a chronic disease and would like to explore options on how you can better manage your condition, call Carrus Health today. We offer the full spectrum of comprehensive health services, and we can help you learn about your condition and recommend ways for you to control it.
We’re conveniently located in Sherman, Texas, serving the Texoma area of northeastern Texas and southern Oklahoma. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today by calling (903) 870-2600.
You can also fill out our online contact form if you have any questions or would like to know more about us. We look forward to taking care of you and your entire family for a lifetime of health and wellness!