If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness, you probably have a lot of questions and thoughts on your mind. From the changes that you’ll need to make in your routine to shuffling around your schedule for the extra appointments, a chronic illness permeates literally every part of your life. That’s why it’s so important to find ways to efficiently manage your chronic illness and minimize its effects on you, your loved ones, your career, your hobbies, and all the other parts of life that you enjoy. Read More
Chronic disease management is a care concept that focuses on improving quality of life and reducing health care costs by using a multidisciplinary treatment approach.
Health care insurers are big fans of disease management programs because the improvement in patient outcomes and reduction in avoidable costs is undeniable. Almost all insurers either have their own disease management programs or contract the program management out to a disease management vendor. While some employers have not picked up on the trend quite as universally, innovative ones have delved into the world of disease management with programs specialized for their workforce demographics. Read More
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin in the diet typically provided by animal-based proteins like meat, eggs, poultry, and dairy products. We need adequate vitamin B12 in the body to produce red blood cells, nerves, and DNA. It can also prevent megaloblastic anemia.
Because vitamin B12 is derived in our diets from animal-based sources, vegetarians, especially vegans, are at higher risk of developing a vitamin B12 deficiency. People who have had weight-loss surgery are also at a higher risk because the surgery affects the way nutrients are absorbed by the body, reducing the absorption of vitamin B12. Patients with Celiac or Crohn’s disease, which both affect nutrient absorption, are also at high risk of deficiency. Finally, people who take medication for heartburn are at higher risk because the heartburn medication reduces acid in the stomach, which is needed for vitamin B12 absorption.
Disease. It’s not something we like to think about, but we also can’t pretend to be completely invincible against it. If you find yourself battling any type of disease, it is absolutely critical that you find an internal medicine doctor who can help you fight, treat, and perhaps even cure your chronic disease. Living with your illness does not have to be a death sentence, and the right disease management can help you reclaim your quality of life and wellbeing. Read More