According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, or COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Many chronic diseases are caused by poor nutrition, tobacco use (or exposure to secondhand smoke), lack of physical activity or excessive alcohol use.
What’s important are preventative health measures that we put in place long before symptoms occur for a particular disease state. “Exercise and proper nutrition have been proven to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases”, says Dr. Stratta. “Identifying a disease or illness early is best. We can then come up with a plan to properly manage that particular disease or illness to postpone end stage organ damage that occurs with chronic diseases like diabetes or hypertension, and improve a person’s overall quality of life,” Dr. Stratta explained.
“At Bedford Family Health Center, we are aiming at prevention of the disease, rather than reacting to symptoms that will be found in later stages of a chronic disease,” said Dr. Stratta.
Having a preventive focus on chronic disease management means scheduling routine appointments and screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies which help detect possible life-threatening diseases early. Prevention and early detection is key to having the best possible outcomes. Keeping patients at their optimal level of health is what we strive for at Bedford Family Health Center.
Future home monitoring of chronic disease for patients at Bedford Family Health Center will give providers an even better look into the patient’s overall health by sending measurements in real-time versus every 3 or 6 months.
“Soon we will be able to monitor patient’s blood pressure, blood sugar, and other vital statistics that will be added to their chart so we are aware of any concerns sooner than their next scheduled appointment,” explained Dr. Stratta. “This added level of protection is a powerful tool that will allow providers to be proactive in the care and treatment needs to keep the patient as healthy as possible.”
Be sure to make your annual routine appointment at Bedford Family Health Center by calling (814) 263-5804 today or visiting bedfordfhc.com!