Chronic Disease Management

Brookridge Internal Medicine

Internists located in Longview, TX

When you’re looking for an expert medical provider to help manage your chronic disease, trust is important. Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates in Longview, East Texas has been in practice for over 20 years with a patient-centered philosophy. Dr. Brenda Vozza and her team of experienced practitioners can empower you with the information and tools to take control of your health. Call or book online to schedule your appointment today.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What is a chronic disease?

A chronic disease occurs over a long period of time, and may range from a couple of months to many years. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 40 million Americans are limited in daily life because of chronic diseases. Common chronic diseases include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Thyroid

How can I lower my risk for chronic diseases?

Some risk factors for chronic disease, such as age or genetics, are unchangeable. However, you can lower your risk for chronic diseases through positive lifestyle habits, including regular exercise, a healthy diet, and abstinence from tobacco use.

Can chronic diseases be cured?

While modern medicine has achieved incredible discoveries, certain diseases are unable to be cured. However, the practitioners at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates believe that all conditions can be managed to allow people to live life to the fullest even with a chronic disease.

It’s best to avoid chronic diseases in the first place. Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease or obesity, often can be prevented through lifestyle changes. It’s important to exercise, eat well, and get enough sleep. Even if you already have a chronic disease, good lifestyle habits can maintain and improve your health, and lower the chance of worsening the condition.

It’s also important to maintain close communication with your doctor to ensure that you properly incorporate treatment steps into your daily routine to get the best care for your chronic disease.

Is it possible to live my life to the fullest with my chronic disease?

According to the CDC, about half of all adults have a chronic disease. Often, people with chronic diseases are able to enjoy normal activities with a few modifications. The key to living a full life with a chronic disease is to talk to your doctor at Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates about the most important things in life for you, and how you can modify your treatment so you can continue to do these activities.

Brookridge Internal Medicine Associates works closely with you to manage symptoms of your chronic disease so you can live life more comfortably. Call the practice or book online to schedule an appointment today.