Chronic Medical Conditions Q&A
What is a chronic medical condition?
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
How are chronic medical conditions treated?
For example, if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or asthma, the doctor may recommend lifestyle adjustments. Many patients benefit from changing their diets to one that is rich in vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins and limited in salt, fat, and sugar.
If your chronic health condition is advanced, you may need medications to control your condition. Hypertension is often treated with diuretics, beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and ACE inhibitors. High cholesterol is best controlled with statins. Diabetes is managed with oral medications or even insulin injections. Asthma is controlled by inhalers that may be used on either a daily or as needed basis.
How can I prevent chronic medical conditions?
Healthy lifestyle choices
Leading a healthy life with a balanced diet and plenty of water is critical to limiting your risk of future disease and illness. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are essential to staying fit.
Exercise not only benefits your physical health, but also your mental health by elevating your mood and decreasing anxiety. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of strenuous exercise every week.
In addition to putting healthy things into your body, it is essential to keep unhealthy things out of your body, such as tobacco products.
Annual wellness check-ups with our doctors are a great start on the path to wellness. Many chronic conditions do not cause any symptoms until they lead to a medical crisis like a heart attack or stroke. Having routine health screenings, like blood pressure checks and blood work to check your glucose and cholesterol levels, are a good way to assess your risk and learn if you are within healthy limits.
If your health screenings show that you are at risk, our doctors will make recommendations to help you regain control of your health and decrease your chance of developing chronic medical conditions.
Take control of your health today, call our office to schedule an appointment.
Elkins Park Family Medicine is conveniently located at 7848 Old York Rd in Elkins Park, PA at the corner of Old York Rd. and Spring Ave. There is ample and handicapped accessible parking as well as a Septa bus stop directly in front of the office. The Elkins Park Train Station is two blocks from the office.
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