Know the six disease management tips to help you better control your chronic condition and stay independent.
Use this step-by-side guide to manage your disease and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
If you have a long-lasting disease or condition that can be managed but not cured then you have what’s called a chronic disease. Chronic diseases are very common. They include heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis to name just a few.
Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, accounting for 70 percent of deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly one in two adults lives with at least one chronic disease. The older you get, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with one since increasing age is often a risk factor. In fact, reports the CDC, more than 88 percent of Americans age 65 and older are affected by chronic disease. Read more
Some common behaviors and conditions that can put you at risk include drinking alcohol, not exercising, and being overweight or obese after menopause.
A widespread disease, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer among women in the United States, following skin cancer.
About 227,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and about 40,000 women will die from it, according to the National Cancer Institute. Your likelihood of getting this disease increases with age. Most women are over 60 years old when they are diagnosed. Read more
If you have recently been diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF), you will have to make some lifestyle changes to stay healthy and out of the hospital. It’s important that you pay close attention to your body and understand the symptoms that show your heart failure is getting worse.
Take control of your condition as you transition from the hospital to your home with the following lifestyle changes:
- Stop smoking.
- Weigh yourself daily.
- Limit the salt in your diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Limit fats and cholesterol.
- Limit alcohol and fluids.
- Stay active. Read more