Chronic Disease Management Specialist

Esteban Berberian, MD, PA -  - Internal Medicine

Esteban Berberian, MD, PA

Internal Medicine located in Channelview, TX

Chronic diseases are common and make up some of the leading causes of death. Under the direction of board-certified internal medicine specialist Esteban N Berberian, MD, PA, chronic disease management reduces your risk of severe symptoms and complications. Call his office in Channelview, Texas, today to schedule an appointment or book one online.

Chronic Disease Management Q&A

What is chronic disease management?

Chronic disease management includes lifestyle coaching, medications, and other treatments that help you properly manage chronic (ongoing) diseases and their risk factors. Allowing Dr. Berberian to manage your condition is the best way to reduce the unpleasant symptoms of chronic disease and the risk of developing complications.

What are common chronic diseases?

Common chronic diseases and their risk factors include:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Dr. Berberian offers several chronic disease management solutions to reduce the unpleasant symptoms and give you the best quality of life possible.

What are the symptoms of chronic diseases?

Not all chronic diseases produce symptoms but check with Dr. Berberian for chronic disease screenings if you experience any of the following symptoms. Your symptoms can include:

  • Increased hunger or thirst
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Ongoing pain or fatigue
  • Constant sadness, fear, or mood changes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Joint stiffness and swelling
  • Vision changes
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Frequent infections
  • Skin changes

The sooner you see Dr. Berberian after developing new or unusual symptoms, the better your chance of avoiding chronic disease-related complications.

How does my doctor diagnose chronic diseases?

Dr. Berberian discusses your medical history and symptoms to determine if you have a chronic disease and which one you might have. He checks your weight, pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs. He completes a thorough physical exam to look for signs of any chronic diseases.

Dr. Berberian might suggest asthma or allergy testing, blood tests, biopsies, urine tests, or imaging procedures to help achieve a proper diagnosis. 

What are chronic disease management strategies?

The treatment of your chronic disease will be determined by which chronic disease you have and how severe it is. Dr. Berberian could suggest:

Lifestyle changes

Adopting healthy habits can help you better manage chronic diseases and their complications. Maintain a healthy body weight, eat nutritious foods, get regular exercise, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol excessively.

Medications

Taking medications can help you control your blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, and other diseases and their risk factors.

Injections

Joint injections for arthritis, allergy shots, and other injections can aid chronic disease management.

Specialist referrals

Dr. Berberian refers you to a specialist if you have a complex medical problem or serious complication.

To learn more about chronic disease management, call Esteban N Berberian, MD, PA, today or schedule an appointment online.