Chronic Disease Management Specialist

Sonha T Nguyen, MD, MS -  - Internal Medicine

United Internal Medicine

Sonha T Nguyen, MD, MS

Internal Medicine located in Encinitas, CA & Fallbrook, CA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that six of 10 adults in America live with some kind of chronic disease, many suffering from more than one. For those in and around Encinitas and Fallbrook, California, Sonha Nguyen, MD, offers excellent chronic disease management and screening services at United Internal Medicine. Learn more during your personalized visit, which you can book online or by phone today.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What are some common chronic diseases?

There are many kinds of chronic diseases, some more common than others. The most common chronic diseases and conditions affecting American adults include:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart failure
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • High cholesterol

These are just some of the chronic diseases many Americans struggle with. Researchers believe that the rate of chronic disease is on the rise, making this the central focus of good preventive health care.

What is chronic disease management?

If you’re diagnosed with a chronic disease, managing your condition should be a top priority. Many chronic diseases can be improved through carefully directed management.

Medications often play a role in treating chronic disease, especially if the disease has progressed significantly. It can take a period of trial and error to find the right drug therapy for you. Your medications can change as your treatment moves forward.

Depending on your current health and the stage of your chronic disease, you might need to come in for more frequent visits with Dr. Nguyen. These appointments help her track your health and make changes to your chronic disease management program when required.

Keep in mind that many chronic diseases can be vastly improved, even eliminated, through chronic disease management. You’ll play an active role in shaping your own care and will carry out much of the treatment at home on your own but always with access to your health care team for guidance and support.

How can I prevent chronic disease?

Researchers have clearly identified risk factors for various chronic diseases. Avoiding these factors is the best way to prevent chronic disease or improve your condition if you already have one.

Steps you can take to prevent chronic disease include:

  • Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Quitting smoking
  • Getting plenty of exercise
  • Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle
  • Boosting your nutrition
  • Drinking less alcohol

One of the best ways to prevent chronic disease is to schedule and attend routine preventive health appointments. These visits allow Dr. Nguyen to keep an eye on your health and do screenings needed to detect chronic disease in its earliest stages.

Book your appointment today using the easy online scheduling tool or call to speak with a friendly administrative staff member regarding appointment availability.