What does a chronic condition mean?
Chronic Condition is a sickness, illness or disease which has one of the following characteristics: is recurrent; does not respond well to treatment; requires protracted care; leads to permanent disability.
What can cause a chronic condition?
Unhealthy lifestyle can cause you a chronic illness. For instance, smoking, overuse of alcohol, poor diet, lack of physical activity and inadequate relief of chronic stress are key contributors in the development and progression of chronic diseases that you can prevent beforehand.
Chronic Condition Examples
Examples are obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer.
Can we live with chronic conditions?
We can live a better life with chronic conditions by keeping in mind the quote: “Our life is not about waiting for chronic conditions to pass, it’s about learning how to live happily with them”. So, here are some practical tips:
• Give yourself permission to let go and accept your limitations.
• Reach out to your immediate friends, family or a support group to your specific condition
• Practice meditation for less pain and better sleep
Top 8 Questions Expats Frequently Ask about Chronic Conditions
Here we look at some of the frequent questions about chronic conditions we get asked to help you understand more about the relevant coverage you are looking for.
1. Can gout be a chronic condition?
Yes, it can. Disorders in purine metabolism and high degrees of uric acid in your body can cause you a gout attack. Always ensure you consult your physician before adding herbal supplements to your diet.
2. Can depression be a chronic condition?
Yes, it can, especially for those who also have other chronic illnesses.
People with other chronic conditions are more prone to depression because their sense of independence and self-confidence disappear which increases the risk for getting into depression.
3. Which chronic condition is known as the silent disease?
Hypertension is the chronic conditions known as the silent disease and often called a silent killer because it shows no symptoms in the initial period and can become severe over time, as it can ruin your kidneys, eyes and brain.
4. What chronic condition causes secondary hyperaldosteronism?
A number of things cause secondary hyperaldosteronism. They include a blockage of the renal artery, chronic liver disease, diuretic medications and heart failure as well as reduced blood flow to your kidneys.
5. Are migraines a chronic condition?
Yes, they are. Migraines are a chronic condition that tremendously deteriorates their daily life. The higher the number of comorbidities (co-existing conditions), the higher probability of disability occurring.
6. Are fibroids a chronic condition?
Yes, they are. They can last for years or for life. However, don’t be in despair! You can treat fibroids by undergoing a medical process called UFE (Uterine Fibroid Embolization). it merely lasts less than an hour and you don’t have to stay overnight at a hospital.
7. Are hemorrhoids a chronic condition?
Yes, they are. Although small hemorrhoids might disappear in just a couple of days, chronic ones can last several weeks with regular sudden outbursts.
If changes in your lifestyle are still not helpful for relieving your symptoms, your doctor may recommend one of the following procedures: hemorrhoid banding (rubber band ligation), electrocoagulation, infraredphotocoagulation, sclerotherapy,
Hemorrhoidopexy or Hemorrhoidectomy.
Bleeding at your rectal does not always stem from hemorrhoids. It can be a sign of other illnesses such as colorectal cancer and anal cancer.
8. Are allergies a chronic condition?
Yes, they are. Almost all mild allergy symptoms can be treated with antihistamines, corticosteroids, or decongestants. However, chronic allergies need treatment from a medical professional. Severe allergic reactions always require emergency medical care. For example, immunotherapy is a long-term method of treatment for chronic allergy.