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Chronic Care Specialist

ALON Family Health

Family Medicine located in San Antonio, TX

Chronic health conditions limit about 40 million Americans from their usual activities. Although incurable and ongoing, you can still live a happy life without pain and disruption with well-managed care. At ALON Family Health in San Antonio, Texas, the team balances both physical and mental care for optimal results. To stay on track and meet your health care goals, call or schedule a consultation online today.

Chronic Care Q & A

When do I need chronic care?

If you have any chronic disease or health condition, you need chronic care to control it and live a long and healthy life. A chronic illness is one that is persistent and long-lasting. Often, they don’t have a cure, but you can live a happy and active life with adequate medical care.

Common chronic illnesses include:

  • Hypothyroidism and other thyroid conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol

What are the causes of chronic diseases?

While some chronic illnesses have no known cause, the cause of others vary. You may develop a chronic illness from:

  • An unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Tobacco use
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Harmful use of alcohol

As you get older your risk of having certain chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and stroke, increases as well. You’re also at risk if you have a family history. For example, certain types of diabetes and high blood pressure run in families.

Also, an acute illness can turn into a chronic disease so if you have raised blood pressure or glucose levels, the team at ALON Family Health encourage you to seek medical attention immediately to put you back in excellent health and reduce your risk of having a chronic disease.

How are chronic illnesses managed?

Most chronic illnesses have medications that you take to stabilize your symptoms. At ALON Family Health during a consultation, your practitioner discusses your symptoms and concerns with you and takes your medical history and vital signs.

Following that, you get a treatment plan that considers your allergies and any medications you could react to. Along with your medication, your practitioner may recommend:

  • Regular checkups
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Diet changes

How do I cope with chronic illness?

It is not always easy to have good mental health when dealing with a chronic illness. You may experience pain, fatigue, stress, negative changes in self-image, social withdrawal, or mood disorders.

Your mental health is also a priority, and as such, your treatment plan might include talk therapy from individual counseling to support groups and family counseling. You can talk to anyone at ALON Family Health if you feel depressed, anxious, or stressed. Taking action early enables you to maintain a positive physical and emotional outlook on life.

For excellent chronic disease care, call or make an appointment with the team at ALON Family Health.