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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines chronic disease as a medical condition which alters daily activities or needs ongoing treatment for more than a year. Are you one of the millions of Americans struggling with COPD, depression, diabetes, hypertension, or other continuing condition? Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge is the primary care physician who can help you achieve optimal wellness.
What causes chronic disease?
Heredity plays a role in many chronic diseases. Both type-1 and type-2 diabetes, for instance, does not seem to have a genetic marker necessarily; however, the risk for developing diabetes appears to run in families, reports Everyday Health. The same can be said for high blood pressure and many other chronic health problems.
So, why would one person develop Coronary Artery Disease or another chronic issue more easily than another would? Lifestyle factors appear to play a significant role--things such as:
- Being sedentary
- Consuming a fatty, high-salt diet
- Not eating enough fiber
- Consuming too many calories, leading to an unhealthy weight
- Drinking alcohol to excess
- Smoking (and second-hand smoke)
How your Woodbridge physician can help
At Ridgeview Internal Medicine, Dr. Al-Khateeb and her team help their patients identify and live well with chronic health conditions. She recommends an annual physical examination for all adults with more frequent check-ins to monitor people who have asthma, diabetes or another continuing problem.
Harvard Health says that your primary care physician is your very best resource for:
- Managing your medications
- Helping you coordinate services from specialists such as a cardiologist or physical therapist
- Ordering and interpreting test results, both from lab work or at-home monitoring of variables such as blood pressure and blood sugars
- Helping you find a support group or other community resources which will assist you with the stresses of chronic disease
- Avoiding complications such as amputations (for diabetics), depression (often associated with heart disease) and kidney failure (from heart failure and diabetes)
Live healthier longer
At Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, we want to help our patients through acute illnesses, injuries and of course, the chronic diseases which can cause so much worry and impact on daily life and function. Please call our office to arrange for your annual physical or any time you may have a question or concern about your health. Phone us at (703) 494-4116.
Discover the many ways nutritional counseling could improve your diet and your wellbeing.
While reaching for that ice cream or ordering that slice of pizza every once in a while isn’t bad, if you find that foods like this have become staples in your diet, it might be time to talk to someone who can help set things straight. Whether you are dealing with a chronic disease or you want to lose weight, there are many people who can benefit from visiting our Woodbridge, VA, physician, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb, for nutritional counseling.
What is nutritional counseling?
Nutritional counseling is a great way for patients to put their diet under the microscope and to create a healthier diet and lifestyle to improve their health and wellbeing.
During your first visit, Woodbridge doctor will sit down with you to learn about your current diet and eating habits. We will also talk to you about your current and long-term nutritional goals. From there we will create a plan that will help you meet your goals.
Who should consider nutritional counseling?
Anyone, regardless of age, who wants to achieve a healthier lifestyle can benefit from getting nutritional counseling. Our plans cater to your needs. Whether you want to improve your athletic performance, reduce your risk of developing diabetes or just lose weight, we can help you achieve these goals through healthier nutritional choices.
Plus, many people feel lost when it comes what foods to eat and proper portion sizes. We can help you better understand what foods are healthy and what foods to avoid. You might be surprised to discover that some of the foods you were consuming actually weren’t that healthy for you. Nutritional counseling isn’t a diet or a “lose-weight-quick scheme," it’s a medical and safe approach to healthier living to improve your physical well-being and to reduce your risk of chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
If you want to maintain a healthy body and mind it starts with your diet. Call Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, today to find out how nutritional counseling could change your lifestyle.
How your doctor in Woodbridge can help
Acute diseases and illnesses can occur without warning, and can stop you in your tracks. You feel miserable and you miss work. Your symptoms get worse and you soon find yourself not being able to do the activities and tasks to get through your day. The good news is there is help to treat acute diseases and illnesses. Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA wants to share the facts about acute disease management.
Acute illnesses and diseases happen suddenly and generally only last a few days or a few weeks. They can be caused by an infection or by a virus. They can also be brought on by an accident, injury or problems with medications.
Acute illnesses can include:
- Bronchitis or an asthma attack
- Burns or broken bones
- A cold, strep throat, or the flu
- Respiratory infection or pneumonia
Fortunately, some acute illnesses can go away with little or no treatment. Other conditions like infections can be treated with antibiotics. Cold and flu symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medications.
There are other acute diseases and illnesses which are more serious and should be managed by a physician. Severe acute conditions like an asthma attack or appendicitis are medical emergencies and can threaten your life if you don’t seek out immediate treatment.
Your doctor at Ridgeview Internal Medicine will begin your treatment by recording your medical history and performing a thorough medical examination, including listing your symptoms and the onset and duration of your symptoms.
You are the most important part of your healthcare team, so it’s important to ask any questions you may have about your health and your treatment. By partnering together, you and your doctor can create a short-term plan to deal with your acute disease, and a long-term plan to ensure your continuing good health.
For more information about acute disease treatment and other medical issues, call Dr. Al-Khateeb at Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA. Call today and get started protecting your health!
Do you have questions about common health issues that affect women? Our Woodbridge, VA, physician, Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine, discusses several conditions and diseases that may impact your health.
How can I reduce my risk of osteoporosis?
Both men and women can develop osteoporosis, but post-menopausal women have a higher incidence of the bone disease. When you develop osteoporosis, your bone density decreases, increasing the risk of a fracture even if you only have a minor fall. Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can decrease your risk, although you still may need to take a calcium supplement. It's also important to participate in exercises that help strengthen your bones, such as walking, running or aerobics, in addition to using weights or resistance bands a few times a week.
What are the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
Symptoms vary depending on the type of STD you have, but are often mild, at least at first. Common symptoms include:
- Pain when urinating
- Vaginal discharge
- Warts, ulcers or blisters
- Bleeding between periods
- Pelvic pain
- Fever or nausea
Schedule an appointment in our Woodbridge office if you notice any of these symptoms. If we suspect your symptoms are caused by a sexually transmitted disease, we'll recommend an STD test. Yearly STD tests are recommended for all sexually active women.
What are the treatment options for urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence can be an embarrassing and frustrating condition. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatments available that can help, such as:
- Bladder training
- Scheduled bathroom trips
- Botox injections
- Kegel exercises
- Medications that treat overactive bladder and urge incontinence
- Electrical stimulation treatment
- Pessaries, internal devices that support the bladder
Will my uterine fibroids go away?
Uterine fibroids don't usually go away completely, but they do shrink after menopause. Unfortunately, if you're experiencing heavy, prolonged periods, you probably don't want to wait until menopause to find some relief. Medications can help relieve the heavy bleeding, but they won't shrink the fibroids. Many women find relief with a variety of minimally invasive procedures that destroy the fibroids, such as myomectomy, myolysis and uterine artery embolization.
Are you concerned about a women's health issue. Schedule an appointment with our Woodbridge, VA, physician, Dr. Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine, by calling (703) 494-4116.
Chronic diseases can be inconvenient, but ignoring the symptoms may cause big health problems. Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb of Ridgeview Internal Medicine in Woodbridge, VA, offers a few tips that will help you stay healthy despite your disease.
Know your numbers
When you have diabetes, checking your blood glucose level and taking appropriate steps to decrease or increase your level is an important aspect of controlling the disease. When you visit our Dr. Al-Khateeb's Woodbridge office, ask about your ideal blood sugar levels and find out what you should do if your levels fall out of the ideal range.
Paying attention to numbers is also important if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Although you'll need a blood test to learn your cholesterol levels, blood pressure monitors are readily available in drug stores. If you notice problems with your blood pressure or glucose levels, it's important to call Dr. Al-Khateeb to report the issues.
Embrace a healthy lifestyle
No matter what type of chronic disease you have, a healthy lifestyle can help you avoid unpleasant consequences of your disease. A healthy diet, regular exercise and avoidance of recreational drugs, tobacco and alcohol can help you remain in control of your condition.
Goal-setting will help you ensure that you follow through on your intentions to eat better or exercise more. When you set your goal, be as detailed as possible. Although "I'm going to eat better" is a good start, think about exactly what you'll do to eat better. Will you stock up on fresh vegetables for snacks, buy a new cookbook with healthy recipes or stay away from fast food?
Take your medicine
Most chronic diseases don't go away on their own, unfortunately, but they can get worse if you don't take the medications designed to control them. Skipping medications can be particularly dangerous if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma. Although you may feel perfectly fine when you decide to go without your medication, failing to take the drugs as recommended can cause problems that could have been easily prevented.
Following these tips, and visiting your Woodbridge, VA, internal medicine specialist, Dr. Al-Khateeb, regularly, can help you avoid potentially unpleasant consequences of chronic diseases. Call her at Ridgeview Internal Medicine at (703) 494-4116 to schedule your next appointment.