According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60% of Americans are living with a chronic disease, which is defined as a non-communicable disease that lasts more than a year and requires ongoing medical care. Some well-known chronic diseases are:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Congestive heart failure
- High cholesterol
- Thyroid disease
Many of these chronic conditions are also the top cause of early death. In fact, one-third of all deaths in the United States are linked to just two chronic diseases: stroke and heart disease.
Rogers Walker, MD, and our team at Walker Family Care offer compassionate care at our clinic in Little River, South Carolina. Our experts work closely with you to develop a plan to address your chronic disease, keeping it from disrupting your quality of life and even reversing it. Here, we answer a few questions about chronic diseases and how pairing with an excellent care team can help you live your best life.
What are the benefits of chronic disease management?
Some of the many benefits of partnering with a health care provider to help you manage and monitor your disease include:
- Lifestyle modification
- Emotional support
- Help identifying abnormal symptoms
- Increased quality of life
- Medication management
- Health coaching
- Referrals to specialists
- Regular checkups
- Reduced need for hospital care
Dr. Walker also encourages regular screenings and annual bloodwork to help stay abreast of any changes to your health.
What can I do to manage my chronic condition?
Dr. Walker is passionate about education and makes sure you understand how you can keep your disease from progressing or disrupting your quality of life. Some of the important steps you can take at home are:
- Don’t smoke
- Get sufficient sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Choose nutritious foods
- Regulate your alcohol intake
- Monitor your symptoms and report irregularities
Dr. Walker talks to you about your emotional health as well. It’s not uncommon for ongoing illness to cause depression, so he offers mindset strategies to help you stay positive and hopeful.
How does working with a doctor help me with diabetes?
Diabetes is a serious and complicated disease that requires careful medical supervision. Dr. Walker customizes a treatment plan that includes:
- Monitoring your blood glucose
- Medication management and adjustments
- Partnering with diabetic specialists like a podiatrist, an eye doctor, and a nutritionist
It’s Dr. Walker’s goal to halt the progression of your chronic disease. Call the office for experienced, expert management of chronic diseases, or request an appointment online.