Chronic disease is a leading cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it accounts for an astounding $3.8 trillion dollars in health care costs each year. At Family Medicine Clinic and Women's Health in The Woodlands, Texas, chronic disease management is a priority. M. Hazem El Zufari and MD, Anjali Reddy, C-FNP and the team help prevent progression or complications associated with conditions like hypertension and osteoporosis. Call today to learn more about the chronic disease management services offered or use this website to book a consultation online.
A chronic disease is one that lasts longer than a year and requires ongoing medical attention. Chronic diseases often limit your daily activities.
Management of chronic disease means controlling your daily symptoms and preventing complications associated with your condition. Without management, chronic diseases can cause health problems or progress.
The chronic disease management offered at Family Medicine Clinic and Women’s Health involves preventive measures, such as regular screenings, check-ups, monitoring, and patient education. Your provider also coordinates care with specialists who are handling complex issues associated with your chronic disease.
The team at Family Medicine Clinic and Women’s Health treats a variety of chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Other chronic diseases that require specific management are:
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is diagnosed when the force of the blood against your artery walls is higher than normal. That can raise your risk of heart attack or stroke as well as complications in your internal organs.
To manage hypertension, your provider recommends making dietary and exercise changes. They’ll often prescribe medications to also keep your numbers under control.
If you have weakened bones due to osteoporosis, your provider recommends vitamin and mineral supplements and medications to slow bone deterioration. You’ll receive exercise recommendations and modifications to keep your bones healthy and prevent further progression of the disease.
Obesity is linked to several chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. The team at Family Medicine Clinic and Women’s Health can help you overcome obesity with nutritional counseling and other medically-supported weight-loss interventions.
Migraines are more than just a bad headache. They are a neurological condition that can take you out of work, social activities, and daily tasks. Your provider can help you discover your migraine triggers to avoid episodes and offer medications to ease symptoms.
Your thyroid is a gland in your neck that controls many important bodily processes, including body temperature and metabolism. If you have an under (hyper) or over (hypo) production of thyroid hormone, the providers at Family Medicine Clinic and Women’s Health can help with medications or other therapies to regulate your production of thyroid hormone.
You can’t prevent development of chronic diseases entirely, but you can certainly take steps to reduce the risk. Your provider at Family Medicine Clinic and Women’s Health can offer many lifestyle changes to improve your health that include:
These steps go a long way in improving your overall health, energy levels, and immunity.
Benefit from the expert chronic disease management offered at Family Medicine Clinic and Women’s Health. Call the friendly staff or use this website to set up an appointment today.