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Doctor is key to coping with chronic disease
A chronic disease is one that a person will likely live with for a long time. And it often can be accompanied by feelings of despair — at least at first.
Whether you have diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or another chronic health condition, changing that mindset to have a positive outlook is a crucial step in living the best life you possibly can with the disease.
Diet, exercise, not smoking and other positive lifestyle changes can have an impact on chronic disease. “People have to change their lifestyle and take their health into their own hands,” said Terence Knowles, MD, a family medicine physician at New Ulm Medical Center. “Diet and exercise is really the key. Until we as patients take charge of this, it’s going to be an uphill battle.”
What is often overlooked in the fight against chronic disease, though, is the pivotal role that your doctor can play. Dr. Knowles says that a close partnership with your doctor is the key to success when managing any chronic illness.
How Your Doctor Can Help You
Your primary physician can do all kinds of things to help you cope with a chronic illness beyond the obvious.