Diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension are among the most common chronic diseases in the U.S. As a board-certified family medicine practitioner, Robert Winn, MD, is an expert in chronic disease management. At Real Wellness, LLC, in Collingswood, New Jersey, Dr. Winn uses personalized nutritional planning to help those with chronic disease achieve their long-term health goals. To schedule an appointment, call or book a visit online today.
Nutritional planning involves modifying your diet to achieve optimal health. Whether you have a chronic condition or you’re at risk of developing one in the future, a personalized nutrition plan can help improve your overall health by reducing your weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
Research shows that health and diet are inherently connected. Poor diet and nutritional deficiencies can increase your risk of developing a number of chronic diseases, including:
Diabetes is the result of uncontrolled blood sugar levels. Your body produces a hormone called insulin that helps move sugar from the food you eat into cells for energy.
If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make insulin or doesn’t use it efficiently. This leads to a buildup of sugar in your blood, raising your risk of vision changes, heart disease, nerve damage, and limb loss.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the force of your blood against the walls of your blood vessels is too strong for an extended period of time. Without treatment, hypertension can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Heart disease covers a broad range of conditions that can damage your heart, putting you at risk of heart failure or heart attack.
Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes joint inflammation throughout your body. Being overweight puts pressure on your joints, which can worsen arthritis pain. Certain dietary modifications may reduce inflammation and help you lose weight to improve your mobility.
Dr. Winn works directly with you to create a nutrition plan that addresses your health concerns. In addition to a comprehensive physical exam, he may order lab work, such as blood tests and urinalysis, to fully understand your current state of health before making diet recommendations.
During this initial consultation, Dr. Winn asks you several questions regarding your current diet and exercise routine. He may also ask about your lifestyle habits, including whether you smoke, drink alcohol, or participate in recreational drug use.
Once he has all the information he needs, Dr. Winn designs a plan that helps you:
A healthy diet is important in managing any chronic disease. For individualized nutritional planning, call Real Wellness, LLC, or schedule an appointment online today.