Managing Chronic Conditions a Savings Program
A health check by the CDC highlights the high cost of chronic disease. It accounts for 86% of our nation’s health care costs. Many people are forced to manage long-term conditions and many aren’t managing well.
“Think about somebody with diabetes let’s say. I mean, it’s huge. It’s so altering to their lifestyle. You know, all of a sudden they have to change how they’re eating, they have to exercise more, they have to check their blood sugars,” says Sharon Krispinski, who is a chronic health program coordinator with Lee Memorial Health System.
Bob Young is one of the 29-million Americans with diabetes.
“There’s always times that you don’t eat the right thing. I have had those occasions and my blood sugar goes way up,” says Young.
Helping people help themselves is the thrust behind a free six-week course called ‘It’s All About You’ offered by Lee Memorial Health System. It’s a self-help program for chronic illness.
“We don’t talk about any specific chronic health condition. It’s a general overview of how to live on a day-to-day basis with any chronic condition,” says Krispinski.
Built on decades of research, it is clear that better managing chronic conditions is actually a savings program – lowering hospitalizations, limiting complications, and often decreasing medications; almost always improving quality of life.
“I’ve learned in the course to put in place action plans to do things that I ordinarily wouldn’t think of. Even putting my medications together,” says Young.
A program alum, Bob is more educated, organized and feels much better about his health.
“Fact of the matter is my A1C has gone down which is a good thing,” says Young.
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Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries.