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Chronic diseases or conditions are those that require ongoing treatment or medication. They rarely get better, but they can be managed and prevented from getting worse. You may also find your “chronic diseases” mirror those of others in your family.
What are the diagnosed illnesses that you are treated for on an ongoing basis (hypertension, high cholesterol, depression, arthritis, back pain, diabetes, cancer, stroke, periodontal [gum] disease…).
CEOs know that, when a production breakdown or slowdown happens, the profits of the organization are dependent upon restoring the production line to normal capacity as soon as possible. You, too, must take this approach to managing flu, colds, minor injuries, and also when managing arthritis, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, the like.
--Do you have and/or are you being treated for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, stroke, or other vascular (vein-artery) condition?
--Do you have and/or are you being treated for diabetes/high blood sugar/pre-diabetes?
--Do you have and/or are you being treated for chronic allergies or asthma?
--Do you have and/or are you being treated for arthritis, low back pain, other muscle/joint issues?
--Do you have and/or are you being treated for any cancers?
For any of these answers above that were “yes,” are you filling all prescriptions and taking them appropriately?
For any of these answers above that were “yes,” are you following doctors' orders for care (keeping follow-up appointments, getting tested regularly, seeing other care providers, such as eye doctor for diabetes eye exam, or foot specialist for diabetes foot exams)?
Other? Don't forget herpes, gum disease, etc.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|