Chronic Disease Management

Family Practice of Madison

Family Medicine & General Family Practice located in Madison, AL

Managing a chronic disease requires consistent, comprehensive care. At Family Practice of Madison, Judy Rawls, MD, and the team provide patient-oriented chronic disease management aimed at preventing or minimizing the symptoms of chronic disease. To learn more about managing chronic conditions, book an appointment at the Madison, Alabama, office by phone today.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What causes chronic disease?

There are a number of causes of chronic diseases. For many chronic conditions, there are several risk factors that can contribute to a diagnosis. Some of these risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Limited physical activity

Prevention is always the best approach to chronic disease. Even if you have a diagnosis, avoiding lifestyle risks like smoking can help you minimize or avoid the symptoms of your disease.

What conditions require chronic disease management?

The broad definition of chronic disease is as any condition that lasts longer than a year. At Family Practice of Madison, Dr. Rawls and the team provide management for some of the most common chronic conditions. These conditions include:

Asthma

Asthma is a common respiratory condition that causes wheezing, coughing and loss of breath. Physical or environmental factors like allergies and excessive physical activity often trigger asthma attacks. Although there is no cure for asthma, the condition can be managed by avoiding triggers and taking necessary medications.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that impairs the functions of the hormone insulin in the body. Insulin plays a major role in regulating a number of the body’s processes including blood sugar and blood flow. There is no cure for type 1 or type 2 diabetes. To avoid serious complications, addressing either type of diabetes through consistent care and appropriate medication is necessary.

Hypertension

Hypertension or high blood pressure causes the flow of the blood in the arteries to be higher than normal. Hypertension can result from a number of things including a high sodium diet, obesity, and stress. It’s essential to address hypertension as a serious chronic condition as untreated high blood pressure is a leading contributor to strokes.

Obesity

Dr. Rawls and the Family Practice of Madison team also offer management for patients dealing with obesity. Obesity is a leading contributor to a number of serious conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

How are chronic conditions treated?

Chronic conditions need treatment with consistent care. At Family Practice of Madison, Dr. Rawls and the team take a number of approaches to treat chronic disease including lifestyle changes, consistent monitoring, and medication. With comprehensive chronic disease management, patients can overcome the limitations of their conditions.

For expert chronic disease management, book an appointment at Family Practice of Madison by phone today.