According to the Center for Disease Control, chronic diseases cause 7 out of 10 death each year and are responsible for 86 percent of America’s health care costs. Some of the most common chronic diseases include:
- Heart disease
Other types of chronic conditions are:
- Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Kidney disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Liver disease
- Thyroid disorders
As of 2012, about half of all American adults had a least one chronic health problem. About one in four adults had two or more chronic diseases.
Unfortunately, these conditions can also cause other long-term complications, including organ failure, disability and even death. Primary care providers like Dr. Triwanna Fisher-Wikoff can often help prevent these diseases altogether, or find the best ways to treat your condition and manage our symptoms. Through routine medical visits, we can proposing issues while they are manageable – sometimes even when still reversible.
Causes of chronic disease
So, what causes chronic diseases in the first place? While there are many factors, one of the main issues is unhealthy behaviors such as:
- Poor nutrition
- Heavy alcohol use
- Using tobacco
By changing these habits, you can greatly decrease your chances of developing some of these chronic conditions.
It can be a challenge to know exactly what constitutes a healthy diet or what exercise plan is right for you. Dr. Fisher-Wikoff can discuss foods you should eat, as well as foods you should avoid. She can also recommend exercise regimens that are right for your needs and abilities. This will help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risks of chronic diseases. Dr. Fisher-Wikoff can even help you find programs that will aid you in quitting bad habits like smoking and heavy drinking.
Turn to Dr. Fisher-Wikoff to have your chronic disease diagnosed and treated, and you can see your quality of life drastically improve. Don’t hesitate, if you think you may be suffering the symptoms of a chronic disease, schedule an appointment today.