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Chronic Disease Management

Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Asheboro, NC

Chronic Disease Management services offered in Asheboro, NC

If you’re among the 60% of Americans with a chronic disease, Chelsea Poe, FNP, Kirstie Ferrell, FNP, and Keung Lee, MD, PhD, MHA at Triad Internal Medicine in Asheboro, North Carolina, can provide a customized chronic disease management plan to help control your disease and possibly save your life. They aim to keep you in the best health possible and help you avoid the hospital, which can lower your medical costs. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today. 

Chronic Disease Management Q&A

What is a chronic disease?

A chronic disease is one expected to last for a year or longer, or one that’s significantly debilitating. Many conditions qualify as chronic diseases, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lung disease
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Obesity

About 60% of Americans have a chronic disease today, and the number of people with chronic diseases is rising.  

What is chronic disease management?

Chronic disease management is medical care that reduces symptoms and prevents a chronic disease from worsening. Triad Internal Medicine provides comprehensive chronic disease management, including:

  • Symptom charting
  • Lab testing to monitor your disease
  • Disease education
  • Weight management
  • Medication
  • Disease monitoring support for home

If you’re among the 40% of Americans with more than one chronic disease, your chronic disease management plan is more complex. Triad Internal Medicine closely monitors all of your chronic diseases, manages medications, and ensures that you’re using the most effective approaches for overall health improvement. 

Why is chronic disease management necessary?

Chronic diseases don’t go away. Ignoring a chronic disease or putting in only half-hearted attempts to manage your illness can cause the disease to progress rapidly and put you at risk for premature death. 

While chronic diseases aren’t curable, they are often controllable. You can relieve symptoms and stop your disease from worsening. For example, if you have diabetes, you can control your blood sugar and prevent complications through diet, medication, or insulin. 

You can also adapt your lifestyle to better accommodate any limitations the disease may cause. For example, people with arthritis may need to change their exercise plan to low-impact workouts that don’t stress the joints.

Ultimately, you need chronic disease management to improve your quality of life and help you live the longest life you can. 

How often do I need chronic disease management?

Triad Internal Medicine recommends annual physical exams for all patients, but if you have a chronic disease, you need additional chronic disease management appointments. Your providers recommend the frequency that suits your condition. 

If you have new symptoms, reach out for help right away. If you have a blood pressure spike, high blood glucose, or observe other problems while monitoring your disease at home, contact the office immediately. 

Triad Internal Medicine offers customized expertise to help you effectively manage your chronic disease and prevent complications. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.