Vinu Ganti, MD
Internists located in Germantown, MD
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult in today’s busy culture. Sometimes you’re not sure you’re doing enough to keep yourself and your family well. But with proper preventive care and chronic disease management, you can live your life with a little more confidence. Board-certified internist Vinu Ganti, MD, provides chronic disease management for you and the entire family. Call the Germantown, Maryland, office, or request your appointment online.
Chronic Disease Management Q&A
What is a chronic disease?
A chronic disease is an illness or condition that’s ongoing or repeatedly occurs for an extended period. Although you can sometimes manage them with medication, chronic diseases typically cannot be cured.
Common chronic diseases include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Certain cancers
- Respiratory diseases
Most chronic diseases are not infectious, and they’re not usually preventable with vaccination.
What leads to chronic disease?
You might have a greater predisposition for certain diseases if they run in your family. Age can also be a factor: the older you get, the more likely you are to develop a chronic condition.
Many chronic diseases develop as a result of poor health choices. Four main habits tend to contribute the most to chronic disease:
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Tobacco use
- Excessive alcohol consumption
High cholesterol and obesity have also been linked to heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Both are considered major risk factors and are considered by some experts to be chronic diseases themselves.
How can you prevent chronic disease?
The good news is that you can prevent many chronic diseases by following healthy lifestyle habits, such as:
- Eating nutrient-rich foods
- Getting regular exercise
- Maintaining an appropriate body weight
- Getting enough sleep
- Reducing stress
- Avoiding tobacco use
- Limiting alcohol consumption
Regular medical checkups play a vital role in prevention as well. Dr. Ganti provides screenings and tests for early disease detection, and he keeps an eye on critical metrics such as your blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
What can you expect from a chronic disease management plan?
Regardless of your age, Dr. Ganti can help you practice healthy habits to prevent disease or to manage a disease you already have.
At your initial visit, he evaluates your family history, lifestyle, weight, and vital signs. Based on this information and any screenings or blood tests, he helps you understand the issues you may face and discusses the habits and factors that you can change.
Dr. Ganti may suggest specific dietary changes or nutritional supplements. He might also discuss other lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, increased exercise, or stress reduction.
Let Dr. Ganti create a chronic disease management plan for you. Call Vinu Ganti, MD, or book an appointment online today.