Chronic Disease Management Specialist

Robert Dougherty, MD -  - Concierge Medicine

Genesis Functional Medicine

Robert Dougherty, MD

Concierge Family Medicine, Functional Medicine & Aesthetics located in Bastrop, TX

When you suffer from a chronic disease like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, chronic fatigue or arthritis, you need proper chronic disease management from an expert. Robert Dougherty, MD, and the dedicated team at Genesis Functional Medicine in Bastrop, Texas, offer chronic disease management that’s tailored to your situation and health needs. Use online booking or call the office today for help.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What is chronic disease?

Chronic disease is a condition that goes on for a minimum of one year. Chronic diseases require medical monitoring, and they might change your lifestyle in some ways. 

The most common chronic diseases, which include diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, are potentially deadly and thus require close monitoring. 

If you’re suffering from any chronic disease or condition, you can count on the team of supportive care providers at Genesis Functional Medicine for chronic disease management. 

What are the main factors in chronic disease development?

Chronic disease isn’t always controllable, but in many cases, there are contributing factors that you can control. Some of the main factors in chronic disease development can include:

  • Diet, particularly high sodium and saturated fat 
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Tobacco use, including secondhand smoke

Advancing age is a risk factor for many chronic diseases, as well. If you’re at risk for any chronic disease, your Genesis Functional Medicine care provider can help you take steps to avoid the disease now. 

How does chronic disease management work?

As a chronic disease sufferer or someone who’s at risk for serious disease, careful health monitoring is important. Your care provider at Genesis Functional Medicine might schedule you for checkups in addition to your regular annual physicals. 

The focus is not only on your chronic disease but also on your whole-body health because the integrative approach allows you to fight illness from a place of peak health. 

Your Genesis Functional Medicine care provider works with you to make any changes, including exercising more, eating healthier, using XYMOGEN® to supplement your diet, or using doTerra essential oils for additional health benefits.

Will I have to take a lot of medication for my chronic disease?

It depends on your disease and your specific situation. Sometimes, medication is necessary for survival. For example, if you have type 1 diabetes, you need insulin to live. 

But, some people living with type 2 diabetes can control their condition with lifestyle adjustments, and might not need to take daily insulin. 

Every patient is unique, and Dr. Dougherty and the Genesis Functional Medicine team are here to help you manage your chronic disease in the most effective way possible. They emphasize your whole-body wellness, and never force you to take medications you don’t need.

You can live the healthiest possible life, even with chronic disease, so reach out to the office or book online anytime.