According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as six out of every 10 American adults have some form of chronic disease, and four out of 10 have two or more chronic diseases. For those in and around Miami, Florida, the I & B Medical Associates team offers comprehensive chronic disease management. Get started today by booking a visit online or over the phone.
The medical community defines chronic disease as health conditions that last for one year or longer. In order to be considered a form of chronic disease, they must also require medical attention, limit your daily activities, or a mixture of both.
In contrast, an acute health problem arises suddenly and can be treated or resolved within a short period of time. Things like broken bones, concussions, the flu, and various infections are all acute health issues.
Some examples of chronic disease include:
These are just some of the more common types of chronic disease.
Chronic diseases develop for a variety of reasons. Some types have a strong genetic component, so your risk level may be higher if a close relative has had the condition.
Other chronic diseases can develop based on environmental factors outside of your control. That’s why people who live in areas with high air pollution suffer higher rates of asthma and other breathing problems.
Many types of chronic diseases are directly linked to lifestyle choices. Some of the factors that can cause or contribute to chronic disease include:
The aging process also leaves you more vulnerable to chronic disease, especially if you have unhealthy lifestyle habits.
When you turn to the I & B Medical Associates team for chronic disease management, the first step is a comprehensive physical exam. This assessment allows your provider to learn more about how your body functions.
Blood testing can reveal areas where you can make improvements. Blood work is also an outstanding way to track your progress over time, giving you clear indications of how your lifestyle changes are altering your health.
Your treatment plan revolves around the specifics of your chronic disease. Medications sometimes play a role in treating specific chronic health issues, but drug therapy is never the only treatment approach.
Making meaningful improvements to your lifestyle is an excellent way to improve your chronic disease and enhance your daily quality of life. You’ll have access to medically supervised weight management, nutrition counseling, and more. You can even try some of the handmade protein bites and healthy bars available through the practice.
When you’re ready to get started, call or click the online booking tool to schedule an initial visit today.