Chronic Disease Management


Chronic Disease Management

Chronic diseases in the United States are common, affecting six in 10 adults. In Apple Valley, California, Hisham Abukamleh, MD, offers chronic disease management to minimize your risk of severe medical complications and improve your health. Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Abukamleh by phone or request one online today. 

What is chronic disease management?

Chronic disease management with Dr. Abukamleh is a medical solution that manages diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, and other ongoing conditions. Without treatment, many of these medical concerns can increase the risk of a stroke, heart attack, nerve damage, or other complications.

Which conditions can chronic disease management address?

Chronic disease management helps you properly treat the following conditions:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Prediabetes
  • Diabetes
  • Lung diseases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hormone imbalances

This list is not comprehensive. Chronic disease management can also address other physical and mental health conditions.

Not all diseases cause symptoms initially, which is why routine chronic disease screening is vital for early detection and effective treatment.

If you have symptoms of a disease or its complications, you might experience increased thirst or urination, weight loss or weight gain, numbness, tingling, joint pain, difficulty breathing, or mood changes.

What are the risk factors for chronic diseases?

Chronic disease risk factors include:

  • Smoking
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • Obesity
  • Poor dietary habits
  • Lack of exercise
  • Stress
  • Aging
  • Family history of chronic diseases

To reduce the chance of developing a chronic disease, eat a well-balanced diet, maintain a healthy body weight, exercise regularly, avoid smoking, minimize stress, and get plenty of sleep.

What does chronic disease management include?

Chronic disease management consists of properly diagnosing and treating chronic diseases. Dr. Abukamleh discusses your risk factors, symptoms, medical history, medications, and lifestyle habits. He also weighs you and checks your pulse and blood pressure. 

Dr. Abukamleh completes a physical exam to look for signs of diseases and may order urine testing, blood tests, heart function tests, lung function testing, or other diagnostic tests to screen for potential problems. 

Based on the results of these tests, Dr. Abukamleh may suggest medically supervised weight management, adopting healthy lifestyle habits, receiving injections, taking prescription medications, or combining multiple treatments to keep the risk of complications as low as possible.

Follow up with Dr. Abukamleh as directed to ensure your chronic disease treatment plan is effective. Call his office if you develop new symptoms or have questions about your health.

Schedule a chronic disease management evaluation with Hisham Abukamleh, MD, by phone or request one online today.