Adebola Oyekoya, MD
Family Physician located in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA
Chronic diseases last for months and, in many cases, years, and are often incurable. Adebola Oyekoya, MD, at Guardian Physicians in Atlanta, Georgia, provides outstanding services for patients who have chronic diseases, helping patients manage their condition and optimize their quality of life. Call Guardian Physicians today if you have a chronic disease or symptoms that aren’t improving, or book an appointment online.
Chronic Disease Q & A
What is a chronic disease?
A chronic disease is one that lasts a prolonged period of time, often with no prospect of a cure. Chronic diseases come in many forms, but they all require careful management to give patients the best possible quality of life.
Some chronic illnesses can cause constant discomfort or frequent attacks of pain, and be severely debilitating, affecting mobility and mental health. Some chronic diseases are also potentially life-threatening.
Chronic illnesses are responsible for long-term distress and difficulties for people who have them and can be a considerable challenge to live with.
What kinds of conditions are considered chronic diseases?
Among the many different types of chronic illness, some are more common than others. Chronic illnesses that are widespread in the United States include:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Arthritis (typically rheumatoid and osteoarthritis)
- Chronic pain conditions
- Renal (kidney) disease
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
- Thyroid disorders
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia
These are just the most common chronic illnesses, and there are many other conditions that have a long-term impact on people’s health.
How are chronic diseases treated?
Treatments for chronic illnesses depend on the diagnosis that Dr. Oyekoya at Guardian Physicians makes. Most chronic illnesses are treated by managing the condition because there’s no cure as yet, but managing conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes can make a significant difference to your health and longevity.
Each patient has a personalized treatment plan that uses a combination of the medications and therapies that are most beneficial, taking into account your age, weight, lifestyle, and other factors that could affect your health. Your treatment plan also looks at how you can work with the team at Guardian Physicians to make changes such as losing weight or eating more healthily.
Lifestyle changes are some of the most powerful weapons in combating the effects of chronic illness but can be a challenge if you’re trying to achieve them on your own. Changing to healthy habits is much easier when you have the support of a knowledgeable and sympathetic team of medical professionals as you do with Guardian Physicians.
Your treatment plan is a living document, which you and the team review at regular intervals. You may need to undergo monitoring tests, such as an EKG if you have a heart condition, blood pressure readings, or cholesterol tests as well. In addition to regular monitoring of the physical signs and symptoms of your chronic illness, Dr. Oyekoya also makes sure you have the social and emotional support you need, as chronic illnesses can take a toll on your social and emotional welfare.
If you have a chronic illness or are concerned about ongoing symptoms, call Guardian Physicians today or book an appointment using the online tool.
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