According to the Center of Disease Control, chronic diseases cause 7 out of 10 deaths each year and are responsible for 86 percent of America's health care costs. Some of the most common chronic diseases include:
- Heart disease
As of 2012, about half of all American adults had at least one chronic health problem. About one in four adults had two or more chronic diseases.
Unfortunately, these conditions can also cause other long-term complications, including kidney failure, disability and limb amputation. An integrative medicine approach can often help prevent these diseases altogether, or we can find the best ways to treat your condition and manage your symptoms. Through routine medical visits, we can pinpoint issues while they are manageable - sometimes even when still reversible.
Causes of Chronic Disease
So, what causes chronic diseases in the first place? While there are many factors, one of the main issues is unhealthy behaviors such as:
- Poor nutrition
- Heavy alcohol use
- Using tobacco
By changing these habits, you can greatly decrease your chances of developing some of these chronic illnesses.
It can be a challenge to know exactly what constitutes a healthy diet or what exercise plan is right for you. We will take a comprehensive look at factors affecting your risk for chronic disease, and personalize a nutrition plan and supplement regimen that is best for you. We will also recommend exercise regimes that are right for your needs and abilities. This will help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk of chronic diseases. We can even help you find programs that will aid you in quitting bad habits, like smoking and heavy drinking.
An Integrative Approach to Managing Chronic Disease
At Reno Health Institute, we use a personalized, science-based approach that empowers patients to address the underlying causes of chronic diseases. We take the time and attention necessary to acquire a detailed understanding of each patient's genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors that may be contributing to direct customized treatment plans for optimal outcomes. Acupuncture is a useful addition to treatment regimens for chronic disease to reduce pain, promote better functioning, stimulate the body's ability to heal, and aid in relaxation.