Six in 10 adults have a chronic disease, while four in 10 have two or more. It’s the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, which makes chronic care one of the most important branches of medicine. Kafilat Adewunmi, DO, MBA, is a family medicine physician at VAMA Medical Health Center in Union, New Jersey, with over a decade of experience in providing chronic care to patients. Do you live with a chronic disease? Make an appointment today over the phone or through the website to discuss treatment options.
Chronic care is a branch of medicine that addresses long term or pre-existing illness. Its purpose is to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Chronic care usually involves an individualized plan for the patient and sometimes several health care professionals, depending on the condition or disease.
Dr. Adewunmi of VAMA Medical Health Center has training in managing and treating chronic disease. If you struggle with painful or uncomfortable symptoms, she creates a care plan to help ease them.
Chronic disease is any condition or illness that lasts at least one year. There’s usually no cure, but you can manage the symptoms. Sometimes, people outgrow a chronic disease, but often they live with it for the rest of their life.
The following are examples of chronic diseases or conditions.
Lifestyle behaviors, like smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke, poor nutrition, excessive alcohol use, or a lack of physical activity, often cause chronic diseases.
Dr. Adewunmi works with you to create a chronic care program. These programs include strategies to manage the symptoms of chronic disease and detail lifestyle changes to prevent making them worse.
Chronic care treatments at VAMA Medical Health Center vary as significantly as the conditions they treat. Depending on the disease, Dr. Adewunmi can provide medication, weight loss programs, and suggestions for appropriate exercise regimens.
For example, in the case of hypothyroidism, she may prescribe thyroid medication as well as a diet and exercise regimen to combat the effects of a slow metabolism.
Dr. Adewunmi discusses your care options and explores the most appropriate course of treatment for your condition and personal preferences.
You may prevent developing a chronic disease and needing chronic care with healthy life choices, such as:
Excessive drinking can lead to stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, and liver disease.
Adults should aim for seven hours of sleep a night. Not getting enough sleep can lead to obesity and depression.
Moderate physical activity helps to prevent, delay, and manage chronic disease.
A healthy diet encourages weight loss, which helps prevent and manage heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
When you need support from an expert in chronic care and disease prevention, partner with VAMA Medical Health Center. Call the practice, or make an appointment through the online booking tool, and get back to a healthier version of yourself.