- Community Health Improvement Plan Progress 44%
What are chronic diseases, anyway?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.
As one broad focus area of our Community Health Improvement Plan it's important to look at Chronic Disease because heart disease is our number one cause of death. The common modifiable risk factors we have prioritized are tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor nutrition. Check out this link for more information http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/
1 in 3 people in the United States has prediabetes and most don't even know they have it. There is questions you can answer that lets you know if you should contact your doctor and get a test ran. The site also has a program you can follow to help with your journey from having prediabetes.
I am a person who has been recently diagnosed with severe arthritis. I have had 2 ankle and one-foot surgeries, and a knee replacement before the age of 50. I agree that most chronic diseases can be preventable, however, I think not all cases are preventable, especially arthritis. I also have been physically fit, try to eat healthy choices, have never smoked or used drugs, and drink alcohol very rarely during my lifetime. Having arthritis is not always something you can always control with healthy behaviors.
Chronic Disease is a condition that may impair a persons way of life. I understand what Brenda is saying because there are so many conditions that have a genetic predisposition which unfortunately you can not change. I was just diagnosed with hypermobility of the joints and osteoarthritis last year. It was shocking to hear that my biological age is that of a mid-forty year old woman but my joints are that of a sixty year old. 🙁 So, off to physical therapy I went to learn how to exercise without damaging joints that are already damaged.
Hang in there Brenda!!!
Thanks for sharing. I am sure that there many people with genetic predispositions that feel the same as us. It's comforting to know that you are not alone. I would love to hear more about helpful hints that people have tried to manage their pain. Whether is special diets, yoga or acupuncture, let's hear it!
I really like the idea of managing pain with alternative therapies. The use of sound to change the chemistry of the brain can often help with chronic pain. See the study : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26773319. Also helpful are phyto medicines, but more study is needed ( https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28275210). I would like to see more studies done to produce herbal medications that alleviate inflammation in the body. I do use cold therapy a lot in patients that I care for. 1 cup of corn syrup in a gallon zip lock bag inside another gallon zip lock bag makes a great cold compress for many areas that get "cranky" and sore.
I agree that their needs to be more alternative therapies. How do we get the insurance companies to realize that this is important.
They will pay for medications, but not massage etc. We have to get them thinking that things like this can help and have a patient take less pain medications.
Also it should be covered as preventive
I have a daughter who is Type 1 Diabetic. People regularly confuse this with Type 2, which can often be controlled or reversed with exercise and diet. Type 1 is a very high maintenance auto-immune disease. In type 1, healthy habits are also important, and may help delay complications, but they cannot reverse the disease. I know it is also a concern for her with the new health care bill, that the requirement that pre-existing conditions be covered, might be changed or removed. Type 1 is a very expensive disease, and there is nothing that she could have done that would have prevented her from developing it. However, the use of things like an insulin pump, test strips, etc., will hopefully ward off potentially much more expensive complications down the road.
My heart goes out to you and your daughter. Yes, type one diabetes does get confused with type two. I have a close friend and her son was diagnosed at a young age of type one diabetes also. I know that she was devastated along with all the health concerns that come with it.
If you would like to talk to her, Amy is our dietitian for the Health Department.
Wish you well,