Many chronic diseases are linked to lifestyle choices that are within your own hands to change. Eating nutritious foods, becoming more physically active and avoiding tobacco can help keep you from developing many of these diseases and conditions. And, even if you already have diabetes, heart disease, arthritis or another chronic condition, eating more healthful foods and getting more exercise, whether it's a brisk walk, a bike ride, a jog or a swim, can help you better manage your illness, avoid complications and prolong your life.
Primary care doctors specialize in the treatment and education of chronic care management. They teach the fundamentals of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve overall wellbeing.
Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are responsible for 70% of the deaths in America every year. These chronic diseases can be largely preventable through close partnership with your primary care physician, or can be detected through appropriate screenings, when treatment works best.
Eating healthy, exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco, and receiving preventive services such as cancer screenings, preventive visits and vaccinations are just a few examples of ways people can stay healthy. The right preventive care at every stage of life helps everyone stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, keep diseases they already have from becoming worse or debilitating, lead productive lives, and reduce costs.
Be sure to make regular appointments with a primary care doctor for yourself and your family.