Half of all adults in the United States have one or more chronic illnesses, which is a real concern because chronic illness is responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths. Dr. Nader Ewaida at Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic encourages you to get annual wellness checkups because routine screening for chronic illnesses can help you prevent disease. To learn more about how to prevent chronic illness or to get help managing your condition, call the office in North Richland Hills, Texas or book an appointment online.
A chronic illness lasts at least three months, but most last much longer, often a lifetime. Some of the most common chronic diseases are:
When chronic illnesses aren’t carefully managed, they take a serious toll on your health. For example, arthritis is the leading cause of disability, and diabetes is one of the top two causes of kidney failure.
Although there are exceptions, such as asthma, most chronic diseases don’t cause symptoms for many years. You’ll only experience symptoms after the disease has progressed enough to damage tissues and organs.
Most chronic illnesses are preventable because they arise from risk factors such as:
You can prevent chronic disease by taking steps to eliminate your risk factors. Getting a yearly wellness exam is also important because Dr. Ewaida can detect subtle changes and start treatment in time to prevent disease.
If you wait years before getting a wellness exam, small changes that could have been easily treated have time to progress into full-blown disease.
Once chronic illness is diagnosed, it’s managed by taking the steps necessary to prevent it from worsening.
Dr. Ewaida develops a customized plan for each patient, offering lifestyle guidelines and prescribing medications when needed. He manages diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and all other chronic illnesses, including:
When managing kidney disease, it’s essential to keep your blood pressure and blood sugar under control and to follow a special diet.
Heart failure occurs when your heart can’t pump enough blood out to your body due to weak muscles and leaky valves. You can manage heart failure in the same way as other chronic illnesses: with weight loss, dietary changes, and medication.
Dr. Ewaida creates a plan to improve airflow and reduce your symptoms, which often includes avoiding triggers, inhaled medications, and respiratory therapy.
Whether you want to prevent chronic illnesses or need help managing them, call Hope Internal Medicine & Sleep Clinic or book an appointment online.