Delmar Primary Care Associates
Dannie E. Williams, MD, MPH
Primary Care located in St. Louis, MO
Chronic diseases can impact your physical and mental wellness, especially if you don’t manage them effectively by changing your lifestyle. At Delmar Primary Care Associates in St. Louis, Missouri, Dannie Williams, MD, MPH, helps you manage chronic diseases like diabetes or hypertension with strategic changes in your diet and habits. To set up a consultation, request an appointment by phone or online at Delmar Primary Care Associates today.
Chronic Disease Management Q&A
What are chronic diseases?
Chronic diseases are illnesses that last for at least a year and need ongoing medical management. While there is no cure for chronic diseases, you can lessen your symptoms by sticking to a catered, individualized treatment plan. Often, with successful management, chronic diseases can go into remission.
There are numerous chronic diseases with different causes, symptoms, and complications. At Delmar Primary Care Associates, Dr. Williams can create a management plan to help you manage chronic diseases such as:
If your body cannot adequately transfer glucose from your blood into your cells for energy, you might have a chronic disease called diabetes. With diabetes, you either don’t produce an essential hormone called insulin, or your body cannot effectively use the insulin it has.
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. If you have it, your heart must strain to pump blood through your blood vessels. As your blood struggles to flow through narrow arteries and veins, it places pressure on their walls.
Cholesterol is a substance in your blood that helps your body create cells and produce hormones. If you have too much of it due to lifestyle factors or a genetic predisposition, fatty deposits can build up along the walls of your blood vessels and make them narrower.
What is chronic disease management?
Chronic disease management refers to the continuous care you need to ease symptoms and prevent complications. Usually, chronic diseases are best managed with lifestyle changes like:
- Dietary changes
- Regular exercise
- Stress management
- Adequate sleep
- Smoking cessation
- Limiting or avoiding alcohol
An unhealthy lifestyle can not only worsen existing chronic diseases but also cause them. Dr. Williams tailors your treatment plan to fit your lifestyle and monitors you regularly.
Who can benefit from chronic disease management?
Chronic disease management can benefit you if you have low energy, pain, insomnia, and other difficulties related to your chronic disease. It can also slow the progression of chronic diseases, including:
- Heart disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn's disease
Dr. Williams visits with you regularly to check on your progress with chronic disease management. She may take blood work and run other tests to gather as much information as possible about your health.
To set up an appointment and start chronic disease management, call Delmar Primary Care Associates or request an appointment online.