Chronic Diseases

Chronic Diseases

Chronic Diseases services offered in Glen Burnie, MD

Chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease affect your life in numerous ways. At Dr. Bamba’s Health and Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland, N’Dama Bamba, MD, MPH, offers chronic disease management to help you optimize health and happiness despite long-term health problems. With her support, you can maintain your well-being and independence far longer. Call Dr. Bamba’s Health and Medical Center or schedule a consultation online today for expert help with chronic diseases.

Chronic Diseases Q&A

What are chronic diseases?

Chronic diseases don’t clear up in a few weeks, like colds, flu, and other acute conditions. Instead, they persist for months or years and are often lifelong.

Dr. Bamba’s Health and Medical Center aims to prevent chronic disease development with individualized care and preventive medicine services like weight management and family planning.

Dr. Bamba also minimizes the effects or progression of chronic diseases for those with existing medical conditions. No matter what stage you are in your illness, she aims to optimize your quality of life.

What chronic diseases might affect me?

Chronic diseases that affect millions every year in the United States include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Depression and anxiety 
  • Eczema
  • High cholesterol

If you have one or more chronic diseases, you could develop potentially life-threatening complications if you don’t receive expert medical care. Dr. Bamba’s Health and Medical Center offers chronic disease management services to reduce the effects long-term illnesses have on daily life and limit the risk of complications.

What complications might chronic diseases cause?

Complications are problems arising from the underlying condition. They’re often worse than the condition itself. For example, diabetes increases your risk of:

  • Diabetic ulcers (slow-healing lower limb sores)
  • Diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease)
  • Vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma
  • Organ failure
  • Limb amputation

Whatever conditions affect you, Dr. Bamba’s chronic disease management expertise reduces the chances of complications and considerably improves your quality of life.

How do I manage chronic diseases?

Chronic disease management is a partnership where you and Dr. Bamba work together to improve your health. For example, she may advise you to lose weight and support you with a personalized medical weight loss program. Her help makes it far easier for you to reach the goals you set for weight loss and other interventions, which might include:

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Increased activity levels
  • Stress management

You also need to visit Dr. Bamba’s Health and Medical Center regularly for checkups and tests. The frequency of your visits and what happens at each one depends on your condition, its severity, and factors like your age and other health problems.

You’ll likely need blood tests to check your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes or your cholesterol levels if you have heart disease. Everyone routinely has blood pressure checks.

Call Dr. Bamba’s Health and Medical Center to discuss managing your chronic diseases better, or use the online booking feature to request an appointment.