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Chronic Disease Management Specialist

Jivana Care -  - Family Medicine

Jivana Care

Family Medicine located in Bethesda, MD

Managing chronic diseases, like diabetes or heart disease, is essential for maintaining the quality of your overall health. At Jivana Care in Bethesda, Maryland, family medicine specialists Gezzer Ortega, MD, and the team provide individualized care for chronic disease management. The team creates a care plan that helps you maintain your health and prevent worsening symptoms. To learn more, call Jivana Care or schedule an appointment online now.

Chronic Disease Management Q&A

What is chronic disease management?

A chronic disease is a long-term medical condition that typically lasts for at least one year or more. Chronic diseases require ongoing medical care and can impact activities in your daily life. Without proper management, chronic diseases negatively affect your quality of life. They often raise your risk of other potentially serious health conditions.

Chronic disease management refers to the long-term medical care you receive when you have a condition that impacts your health. Not only does managing chronic disease reduce your symptoms, but it also helps prevent health complications in the future.

Which chronic diseases are treated?

The team at Jivana Care manages chronic diseases including, but not limited to:

Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar levels are too high for a long period of time. Insulin is a hormone that your pancreas produces. It helps carry the sugar in your blood into your cells where it’s used for energy. If your pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin, or doesn’t produce it at all, sugar can build up in your blood.

Heart disease

Heart disease refers to several different conditions that negatively impact the way your heart functions. Without management, heart disease can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other potentially life-threatening health conditions.

Arthritis

Arthritis is chronic joint inflammation that can limit your mobility. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common type of arthritis that damages the protective cartilage between bones in your joints. Arthritis causes pain and stiffness in the joints that typically worsens with age.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

HIV is a potentially life-threatening sexually transmitted disease (STD) that raises your risk of developing acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). With proper disease management, including medication and lifestyle modifications, you can improve your quality of life with HIV.

What does chronic disease management involve?

Chronic disease management is individualized care that the team at Jivana Care tailors to meet your unique needs. There is no one-size-fits-all plan for chronic disease management. How the team treats your disease depends on the type, severity, and length of your condition. 

Common treatments in chronic disease management include:

  • Medications
  • Lifestyle modifications 
  • Quitting tobacco use
  • Weight loss
  • A healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain management
  • Health screenings

If you have a chronic disease, the team may recommend increasing the frequency of your doctor visits to monitor any changes to your health.

To learn more about chronic disease management, call Jivana Care or schedule an appointment online now.