Chronic Illness Treatment
Empower yourself to take on chronic conditions—diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory disease, obesity—by engaging in comprehensive medical care and support.
How You Can Prevent Chronic Diseases
To prevent chronic diseases or catch them early, visit your doctor regularly for preventive services
Many chronic diseases are caused by a short list of risk behaviors:
- Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Poor nutrition, including diets low in fruits and vegetables and high in sodium and saturated fats.
- Lack of physical activity.
- Excessive alcohol use.
Stopping smoking (or never starting) lowers the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and lung disease, as well as premature death—even for longtime smokers. Take the first step and call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for FREE support.
Eating healthy helps prevent, delay, and manage heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. A balanced diet of fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products is important at any age. If you are overweight, losing even 5% to 7% of your body weight can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
Regular physical activity can help you prevent, delay, or manage chronic diseases. Aim for moderate physical activity (like brisk walking or gardening) for at least 150 minutes a week.
Over time, excessive drinking can lead to high blood pressure, various cancers, heart disease, stroke, and liver disease. By not drinking too much, you can reduce these health risks.
To prevent chronic diseases or catch them early, visit your doctor regularly for preventive services.
Insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and poor management of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. Adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep daily.
If you have a family history of a chronic disease, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis, you may be more likely to develop that disease yourself. Share your family health history with your doctor, who can help you take steps to prevent these conditions or catch them early.
By making healthy behaviors part of your daily life, you can prevent conditions such as high blood pressure or obesity, which raise your risk of developing the most common and serious chronic diseases. Learn more about healthy actions you or your loved ones can take.
Major Chronic Diseases:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Valve malfunctions
- Alcohol-related health issues
- Liver failure
- High-blood pressure
- Mental health issues
- Liver and pancreatic cancer
- Smoke-related health issues
- High-blood pressure
- Cardiac health issues
- Other Chronic Diseases:
- Chronic lung disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease