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Chronic Disease Management

Desoto Family Care Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in Southaven, MS

No one ever thinks they’ll end up with a chronic health condition, yet 60% of adults have at least one chronic disease and 40% are diagnosed with two or more. At Desoto Family Care Clinic, Diosan Powell, FNP, Cynthia Burchfield, FNP, and Danielle Bradley, FNP, offer exceptional chronic disease management. They provide customized care and ongoing support to help you control these lifelong diseases, prevent complications, and enjoy a long, healthy life. To learn more about chronic disease management, call the office in Southaven, Mississippi, or book an appointment online today.

Chronic Disease Management Q&A

What are the most common chronic diseases?

Chronic health conditions are preventable when caught at an early stage. But once you have the full-blown disease, it becomes a lifelong condition because these diseases can’t be cured with today’s treatments.

These are a few of the most common chronic diseases:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Dementia
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

This list doesn’t include all the possible chronic health conditions. For example, cancer and some long-lasting pain conditions such as fibromyalgia are also considered to be chronic diseases. 

Why do I need chronic disease management?

Chronic diseases are progressive conditions. Without diligent care, they keep getting worse and lead to serious complications, such as:

  • Strokes
  • Heart attacks
  • Kidney failure
  • Vision loss
  • Amputation 

Heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure also represent the leading causes of death in women and men.

The goal of chronic disease management is to keep your condition well controlled. For example, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar need to stay within their normal ranges to slow down or stop your chronic condition from getting worse. 

What treatments are included in chronic disease management?

Your provider at Desoto Family Care Clinic creates an individualized plan designed to meet your unique health needs. However, chronic disease management primarily involves two basic types of treatments: 

Lifestyle changes

The foods you eat, your weight, and exercise habits all have a significant impact on chronic health conditions. Managing a chronic disease always begins with a plan to change the lifestyle habits contributing to your condition. 

For example, limiting salt intake lowers your blood pressure and watching your sugar consumption is essential for maintaining a steady blood sugar level. A carefully planned diet and exercise program also improves the health of your blood vessels and heart.

Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for heart and blood vessel disease, as well as many types of cancer. If you smoke, you have a higher risk of lung, bladder, colon, mouth, throat, and pancreas cancers, to name a few.

Medications

Lifestyle changes are essential for long-term chronic disease management. However, if they’re not enough to manage your chronic disease, then your provider prescribes medications to maintain your health.

If you need compassionate chronic disease management, call Desoto Family Care Clinic or book an appointment online today.