Chronic Disease Management Specialist

The Medical Place Family Practice

Family Medicine located in West Columbia, SC

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult in today’s busy culture. Sometimes you’re not sure you’re doing enough to keep yourself and your family well. But with proper preventive care, you can live life with a little more confidence. Family medicine specialist Dr. Tasha M. Boone provides chronic disease prevention for the entire family. Book your appointment online today or call The Medical Place Family Practice in West Columbia, South Carolina for more information.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What is a chronic disease?

A chronic disease is an illness or condition that’s ongoing or repeatedly occurs for an extended period. Although you can sometimes manage them with medication, chronic diseases typically cannot be cured.

Common chronic diseases include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Certain cancers
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Dementia
  • Depression

Most chronic diseases are not infectious, and they’re not usually preventable with vaccination.

What leads to chronic disease?

You might have a greater tendency toward certain diseases if they run in your family. Age is also a factor: the older you get, the more likely you are to develop a chronic condition.

Many chronic diseases develop as a result of poor health choices. Four main habits tend to contribute the most to chronic disease:

  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Tobacco use
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

High cholesterol and obesity have also been linked to heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Both are considered major risk factors and are considered by some experts to be chronic diseases themselves.

How can you prevent chronic disease?

The good news is that you can prevent many chronic diseases by following healthy lifestyle habits, such as:

  • Eating nutrient-rich foods
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Maintaining an appropriate body weight
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Reducing stress
  • Avoiding tobacco use
  • Limiting alcohol consumption

Regular medical checkups play a vital role in prevention as well. Dr. Boone provides screenings and tests for early disease detection, and she keeps an eye on critical metrics such as your blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

What can you expect from a chronic disease prevention plan?

Regardless of your age, Dr. Boone can help you practice healthy habits to prevent disease or to manage a disease you already have.

At your initial visit, she evaluates your family history, lifestyle, weight, and vital signs. Based on this information and any screenings or blood tests, she helps you understand the issues you may face and discusses the habits and factors that you can change.

Dr. Boone may suggest specific dietary changes or nutritional supplements. She might also discuss other lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, increased exercise, or stress reduction.

Let Dr. Boone create chronic disease prevention plans for your whole family. Call The Medical Place Family Practice or book an appointment online today.