Any medical condition that requires long-term care and prevents you from participating in normal activities like work or exercise is considered chronic. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says chronic diseases are the leading cause of disability in America, accounting for $3.3 trillion dollars in health care costs every year. At Starling Clinic in Plano and Texarkana, Texas, Rabia Khan, MD, and the team regularly diagnose and treat people living with chronic disease. If you dream of living a healthier life, call the office or click the online booking tool to make an appointment today.
Chronic disease management is an integrated, holistic approach to treating disease that involves preventive measures including regular screenings, check-ups, monitoring, and patient education. Chronic disease management also includes coordinated care between providers to relieve your symptoms, reduce the cost of health care, and improve your overall quality of life.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent chronic disease entirely. However, there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. The team at Starling Clinic recommends living a healthy and active lifestyle. This includes:
You can also lower your risk of chronic disease by drinking plenty of water and avoiding bad habits like using tobacco products or drinking too much alcohol.
The team at Starling Clinic treats a variety of chronic diseases, including:
Heart, or cardiovascular, disease is the most common chronic disease in the United States. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, you’re also more likely to experience a heart attack or stroke. To manage your condition, your Starling Clinic provider might recommend lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, in coordination with prescription medications to keep your numbers in check.
There are over 100 different types of arthritis, a rheumatic illness that affects your joints, and causes inflammation. Regular exercise, healthy eating, and certain prescription medications can ease pain and stiffness and improve your overall mobility.
Diabetes is a chronic disease defined by high blood sugar levels. If you have prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, your Starling Clinic provider might recommend dietary changes, weight-loss counseling, and regular exercise to prevent your symptoms from getting worse. However, if you have Type 1 diabetes, prescription medication, including insulin therapy, is necessary to prevent nerve damage and other problems.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes three different respiratory ailments including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. The Starling Clinic team can develop a treatment plan that helps you breathe more clearly, which might include inhalers or oral steroids to ease your symptoms.
If you’re living with a chronic disease, don’t wait to seek treatment. To request your chronic disease management appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.