Patient discussion about chronic illness

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Q. What is a Chronic disease?

Please explain what makes a disease be considered chronic?
A1If a disease lasts for a long time or for your life time, it's considered a chronic disease. A person with a chronic disease needs to manage it and treat it all the time.
A2A chronic disease is a disease that is long-lasting or recurrent. A chronic disease is one lasting 3 months or more. These diseases need to be treated constantly. For example: heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are chronic diseases.
A3i agree- chrono- means time. that means diseases that stays for life if you won;t get rid of the cause. it's like never taking off on a smelly shirt, you'll be a chronic stinker :)

Q. Is Diabetes type 2 a chronic disease?

I have been diagnosed with Diabetes; does this mean I will always have it from now on?
A1I was a type 2 diabetic for 15 years. I had a gastric bypass, lost a ton of weight and no longer test as a diabetic. But, my doctors say "once a diabetic, always a diabetic." So the tendency is still there and must be addressed always. My problem is not evident but now I have kidney disease and it is attributed to diabetes with complications. Eat right, get exercise and lose weight. I hope you educe your numbers so you won't risk the complications. This is your best goal for now. Diabetes is being constantly researched, so the future looks bright and maybe a cure is on the horizon! Blessings!
A2Diabetes is a chronic disease, however there are ways to manage your Diabetes, here is a website that lists them:
http://www.ndep.nih.gov/diabetes/control/4Steps.htm#Step3
A3Not necessarily. If you manage your diabetes, by eating a special diet, exercising and losing weight, you can often cure your diabetes. It is important to have a good Doctor to monitor your improvement and check up on the course of your disease.

Q. List 3 chronic diseases that can develop as the result of being overweight?

AHigh cholesterol
High blood pressure
Type II Diabetes

Q. What is the difference between Infectious diseases and chronic diseases?

I would like a clear explanation of the difference between infectious diseases and chronic diseases.
AInfectious disease are diseases that are caused by a living creature (usually microscopic like germs or viruses but also by larger ones, such as lices).

Chronic diseases are diseases that persists for a long time (usually from several weeks but in many cases years or for life).

Infectious disease can be acute (short-living, such as simple sore throat) or chronic (such as tuberculosis).

Chronic disease may be infectious (such as many infections of the skin, infection of bones etc.) but may also be non-infectious (i.e. not caused by living creature, for example rheumatoid arthritis, diabeted, asthma etc.)

You can read more about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infectious_disease and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_disease

Hope I could help

Q. (COPD)chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

the main causes of?
AMainly smoking, although ambient air pollution and industrial exposure to dust have also been implicated as causes.

You may read more here:

www.mayoclinic.com/health/copd/DS00916

Q. What is the difference between chronic sinusitis and chronic rhinitis?

I have chronic rhinitis but it is hard to tell if I have sinusitis.
ASinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal cavities. The names specify the location. It can be caused by anything, if gonorrhea bacteria will enter the nasal cavities and infect them- that is sinusitis also. Rhinitis is an inflammation of the internal nose. Again can be caused by anything. The way to differentiate- the sinuses are a closed space. If it fills with liquid too much- it’ll hurt.

Q. I heard that HIV is no longer considered a terminal illness?!?

I saw a T.V. program about it and they said it’s a “chronic disease”. What does that means?? Is it true?
A1It’s true, it’s no longer considered terminal, but believe me, don’t throw away your condoms…the medication prolongs life and give you a chance to live but they are expensive and have nasty side effects. Enough to make you consider stop using them, and then the HIV comes back like nothing happened. Protect your self. It’s MUCH cheaper and wiser..
A2Well, it’s a bit confusing I know, but HIV considered a terminal disease and now a chronic one. It’s all thanks to a line of new medications that postpone the appearance of secondary illnesses associated with HIV. To understand that you have to remember that HIV doesn’t kill you but opportunist infections does. Now we have medications that can prolong the destruction of the immune system.
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