Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the nation, accounting for nearly $3.5 trillion in health care costs each year. The team at A.L.M.S Community Health Center offers outstanding chronic illness management for residents of Grand Prairie, Texas, and the greater Dallas area. Call the office to book your visit or spend a few moments on the online booking page.

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What are chronic diseases?

Chronic diseases are health conditions that persist over time. Unlike a cold, an infection, or a stomach bug, chronic diseases create conditions that last for a year or longer. They also have a negative impact on your overall health and daily quality of life.

Some examples of major chronic diseases include:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Hypertension
  • Thyroid disease
  • Asthma or COPD

These conditions can make it hard to enjoy your normal daily routines and also increase your risk of other chronic diseases.

Am I at risk of developing a chronic disease?

Anyone can develop a chronic disease at any time, but there are certain factors that increase your risk. If any of the following apply to your lifestyle, you may want to make changes to reduce your risk of chronic disease:

  • Lack of physical activity
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Tobacco use
  • Poor nutrition
  • Family history of chronic disease

Fortunately, most of these factors are things you can improve. Making targeted lifestyle modifications can reduce your risk of developing a chronic disease.

What is chronic illness management?

If you have a chronic illness, finding a health care practitioner to manage your condition is a vital part of improving your health and preventing further issues. The team at A.L.M.S Community Health Center offers comprehensive chronic illness management services.

Medication might play a role in treating your condition. Your practitioner will evaluate your current medications and determine which options are best suited for your needs.

Lifestyle modifications are an important part of managing chronic disease. Your practitioner helps you identify areas where improvements can be made, and provides the support and guidance you need to make meaningful changes that last.

Ongoing health monitoring is also part of the process. You’ll receive the screenings needed to ensure your current treatment plan is right for you, and changes are made as needed.

Is a Clinic Membership beneficial for chronic disease management?

Managing chronic disease requires frequent visits with your practitioner, and those costs can really add up over time. A.L.M.S Community Health Center offers a Clinic Membership Plan to help you get the care you need at a price you can afford.

Membership entitles you to 12 visits a year, and there are no exclusions for pre-existing health conditions. You’ll never pay more than $100 for lab work at each appointment, and there are discounts for additional health services. An on-site pharmacy is also available, saving you time and money.

To learn more about the chronic illness management services available at A.L.M.S Community Health Center, book your visit online or by phone today.