Chronic Disease Management

A chronic disease diagnosis can be life changing. Treatment is used to reduce severity of the symptoms and frequency of the discomfort associated with the disease. Examples of chronic disease are diabetes, COPD, heart disease and stroke. Understanding and managing your disease is the most effective approach. The development of the following coping skills for living with a chronic disease can also greatly increase your quality of life.

Become An Expert. Educate yourself on the disease. Try not to rely on a single source of information.

Manage Your Care. Ask questions. Remember, your goal is simply to map out your own plan of care that you feel you can follow.

Recognize Your Triggers. Identify the situations that worsen your condition. It may be a specific food or a smoke-filled room. Do not participate in activities that trigger symptoms.

Make Lifestyle Changes. Make a to-do list and a not-to-do list. Eliminate poor choices such as smoking and add good choices like exercise.

Understand Your Medications. Medicines should be taken on a regular schedule with the correct dosage. Become familiar with your possible symptoms and side effects.

Reach Out to Family and Friends. Do not attempt to handle the stress of having chronic disease alone.

Continue Living Your Life. Put the condition in perspective and resist letting it affect who you are.

For more information, call NewForest Estates at (210) 404-4287. Article by Texas Home Health.

Submitted By: Newforest Estates

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