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We want to make it easier to live your life while living with a chronic disease.
You can’t just clock out when it comes to managing and caring for your health when you have a chronic disease. Of course, implementing certain strategies and lifestyle adjustments can make all the difference. Here in Woodbridge, VA, our physician Dr. Deana Al-Khateeb wants to make it easier for patients with chronic diseases to live life to the fullest without having to worry about exhaustion, poor sleep, chronic pain, and even depression. Here are some simple tips for living well with a chronic disease.
Make sure you’re drinking enough water
Most Americans do not get enough water. While it can certainly help quell your thirst, drinking water also offers a variety of other benefits including reducing brain fog, boosting your energy, and flushing out toxins.
If you aren’t drinking at least 64 ounces of water (eight, 8-ounce glasses) every day (more so, if you are an active individual) you must start. You can do so by simply setting reminders on your phone to drink water throughout the day, carrying a large water bottle around with you, or making sure that you are drinking water with each meal.
Alter your diet
If you are living with a chronic disease, then perhaps our Woodbridge, VA, doctor has already tested you for certain vitamin and nutritional deficiencies. This problem is common in those with chronic conditions. Of course, you may be interested in the role nutrition plays in your health and how certain foods can improve your wellbeing while other foods may exacerbate symptoms.
Everyone is different, so you may want to experiment with dietary and lifestyle changes including being vegetarian or vegan, avoiding gluten and dairy, or trying intermittent fasting. Talk with your doctor first before making drastic changes to your diet.
Take Time for Yourself
We’ve been hearing the word “self-care” thrown around a lot these days, but that’s because this is an important topic. We often get so busy with life that we forget to do things for ourselves. You must be carving out time to do something that feels good every day, whether it’s taking a mental break from social media for the month, taking a bubble bath in the evening, or participating in an online yoga class.
Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
Sleep is incredibly important for the health and function of our brain and bodies. In fact, most of our body’s healing takes place while we sleep. So, if you aren’t getting sufficient sleep, you may find yourself dealing with a flare-up of symptoms. Practicing good sleep hygiene can improve sleep quality. Some good sleep hygiene habits include,
- Going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time each morning
- Turning off electronics about two hours before bedtime
- Creating a cold, dark environment to sleep in
- Taking time to wind down from the day and to prepare your body for sleep
- Avoiding any bright lights at night
If you are living with a chronic disease in Woodbridge, VA, know that the team at Ridgeview Internal Medicine can provide you with everything from advice and medications to a variety of therapies and alternative treatment options tailored to you and your needs. To schedule an appointment, call us at (703) 494-4116.
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.