Find out how your general doctor can help you get your chronic diseases under control.
With the rise of sedentary lifestyles and poor, fast food-laden diets, it’s not surprising that as many as 40% of Americans live with one or more chronic diseases (according to the National Health Council). Some of the most common chronic diseases include high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
Find a Doctor You Trust
First thing’s first, you need to find a general doctor that you trust. After all, this will be your first point of contact when it comes to getting medical care. A general practitioner can provide insightful advice on lifestyle changes that can improve chronic disease symptoms and provide you with immediate care when dealing with issues or complications. A general doctor can also refer you to the top specialists to ensure that you have a team of doctors that can control your chronic diseases and keep you functioning at your best.
Turn to Lifestyle Changes
By turning to your general doctor once a year for a comprehensive checkup, many chronic diseases can be prevented in the first place or reversed through simple lifestyle changes; however, even once chronic diseases appear, many patients discover that their symptoms are more manageable when they are leading a healthier lifestyle.
A general practitioner can help guide you through lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet, exercise routine, stress management options, and good sleep habits that can reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms.
Discover Less Invasive Treatment Options
A general doctor can also sit down with you to discuss different treatment options with you. As always, the goal is to find treatments that are non-invasive but still effective. A general doctor will never recommend more extensive procedures or surgeries unless the issues you’re dealing with are severe or you aren’t responding properly to nonsurgical treatment options.
Even if you are healthy and aren’t dealing with chronic disease, it’s still important that you turn to your general doctor at least once a year for bloodwork and a comprehensive exam. Only through these checkups can we detect health concerns early on, which we may be able to reverse.