6 Ways To Live Better With Chronic Disease

Chronic disease adversely  affects the lives of many Adair County residents.

Chronic disease creates a poor quality of life for some and leads to premature death for others.

Many illnesses on the following list of chronic diseases are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems:

◊ Heart disease
◊ Stroke
◊ Alzheimer’s
◊ Cancer
◊ Asthma/COPD
◊ Type 2 diabetes
◊ Obesity
◊ Arthritis
◊ HIV/STD/Hepatitis

By starting these 6 things today, you can prevent or change how chronic disease will affect you later in life.

 

MOVE MORE:  Be active at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Even 10 minutes at a time will improve your health.

 


GET SCREENED:  Visit your doctor at least once a year and ask about health screenings. Early detection can help you treat and manage a chronic disease before it gets out of control.

 

 

 

STOP SMOKING: If you use tobacco, take steps to quit and avoid secondhand smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer  and a leading cause of heart disease.

 

 

 

EAT SMART: It’s important that you eat a balanced, varied diet to maintain your energy and health.

 

 

 

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT: Balance the calories you eat with the calories  you use during activities.

 

 

 

STAY IN CONTROL:  Follow your health care providers’ advice and take all medications as prescribed.

 

 

 

The right choices now can add years of great times to your life.

Good health also ensures independence, security, and productivity well into your golden years.

The Adair County Health Department can help individuals prevent or manage chronic disease through the following services:

Cholesterol Testing

Blood Sugar Testing

A1C Testing

HIV/STD Testing

Height and Weight Assessment

Vital Signs Check

Other Low-Cost Lab Testing

If you are interested in any of our health screenings,  stop by the health department during clinic hours (M, W, F  8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.) or call (660)665-8491 to learn more.

If you would like more information on chronic disease, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has developed a Chronic Disease Toolkit that provides education and resources on chronic disease topics. Click here to visit Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) website.

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