Managing Chronic Diseases
By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE
June 18, 2018
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: chronic disorders  

Your health is the most important thing you have!

More and more people are being diagnosed with chronic disorders, many of which can be prevented with the proper medical care and managing chronic diseaseshealthy lifestyle. While you may feel frustrated by your diagnosis, our Brandon, FL, family doctors Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers are here to provide you with tips for how to cope with your chronic condition so it doesn’t negatively impact your physical, mental and emotional state.

What are some of the most common chronic disorders?

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

What are the best ways to manage chronic health problems?

Of course, there will be certain medications and treatments that are specific to your condition and your needs, which our Brandon, FL, physicians will be able to discuss with you in further detail.

For example, asthma flare-ups can be controlled with an everyday inhaler, as well as a rescue inhaler (for when you feel an attack coming on). We will discuss the different medicines, treatments, procedures and even alternative therapies out there to reduce symptoms, improve your health and make your condition more manageable.

Of course, there are other ways to improve your health and outlook. We know living with a long-term disorder can be taxing at time. Here are some strategies to improve your health and your wellbeing:

  • Understand your medication
  • Make your doctor an active participant in your treatment plan
  • Build a support network
  • Involve family and friends
  • Focus your attention on a healthy lifestyle
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Be more active
  • Talk to a therapist
  • Find outlets to reduce depression and anxiety
  • Meditate

It’s important that you take time for yourself and that you consider your mental wellbeing as it pertains to managing your health. If you have questions or concerns this is the best time to talk to our medical team for the support and understanding you need. We are here for you.

Do you have questions about ways to improve your health for the long-term? Do you need to schedule a routine checkup to make sure you are staying healthy? If so, turn to Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, to provide you with the quality, comprehensive medical care your whole family deserves.

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