A chronic condition is an illness that lasts for at least 6 months or more that requires ongoing medical attention. Chronic conditions can often lead to your health gradually getting worse which can lower your quality of life and affect your independence and are often fatal. Learning about your condition will help you take control of your health. Effective management of chronic conditions can help improve your overall health and well-being. It can prevent or delay complications and slow the progression of your disease.
We at Sekhmet Medical Center aim to treat and properly care for you with the aim to cure these diseases where possible. With lifestyle modifications and some key medications, these goals can be achieved. This is our medical approach and promise.
Some examples of chronic illnesses:
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Pain
- Sickle Cell Disease
Being active in managing your condition and helping to treat the symptoms can improve your quality of life. Having a healthy lifestyle can help you to manage your chronic condition as well.
A healthy lifestyle includes:
- A good diet
- Being as active as you can be
- Getting enough sleep
- Having a healthy weight
- Not smoking
- Minimizing the amount of alcohol you drink
We know all too well that being diagnosed and living with a chronic disease can be challenging which can affect both your physical and mental health, as well as your social and work life.
When first diagnosed, you may feel a range of emotions, including shock, anger, sadness or confusion. Ongoing feelings of stress and distress can increase your risk of developing anxiety or depression. Stress may also impact your chronic condition.
Talk to us if you feel like you are not coping and we will recommend the next steps in getting you the help you may need.