Chronic Disease Management Specialist

William Lee Harris, M.D.

Family Medicine & Geriatrics located in Charleston, WV

Approximately 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease. Dr. William Harris has specialized training to help you manage your condition. At his office in Charleston, West Virginia, Dr. Harris has been serving the community for 45 years. A board-certified geriatrician and family physician, he offers the most up-to-date treatments for chronic disease management with personalized continuous care. To be a part of a clinic where someone always answers your phone call, contact William L. Harris, MD today to schedule an appointment. Same-day appointments are available. He also services the communities of South Charleston, Cross Lanes, Saint Albans, Huntington, Vienna, Summersville, Madison, Clay, Sutton, Fayetteville, Logan, WV.

Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What is a chronic disease?

Chronic diseases and conditions are some of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. The most common chronic conditions include:

  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Respiratory disease
  • High blood pressure

When a condition is chronic, it has no cure. To maintain your overall health and wellness, it’s important to manage your condition and avoid other potential health risks.

What causes chronic diseases?

Unhealthy lifestyles are to blame for many chronic diseases, and your risk of developing these conditions increases as you age.

The most common causes include:

  • Using tobacco products
  • Consuming too much alcohol
  • A poor diet lacking proper nutrition
  • Lack of exercise or sedentary lifestyles

To reduce your risks of developing chronic diseases, Dr. Harris recommends behavioral practices like regular daily exercise, eating healthy foods that are low in fat but high in fiber, and losing or maintaining a healthy weight.

What is chronic disease management?

Chronic diseases are preventable, controllable, and interrelated; unfortunately, many people have more than one chronic condition at a time. In fact, more than half of older adults currently have three or more chronic conditions.

When you have a chronic condition, Dr. Harris works closely with you to design a chronic disease management plan to restore your health and reduce your risks of developing other associated chronic health conditions.

This might include:

  • Managing your medications
  • Coordinating your care with specialists
  • Regular blood tests to monitor your condition
  • Providing treatment options tailored to your unique situation
  • Discussing your condition in-depth to provide a deeper understanding

What can I expect from chronic disease management?

When Dr. Harris manages your chronic disease, you can expect a coordinated care approach. This ensures that you receive a whole-body approach to your healthcare that balances each of your treatments with your other medical concerns.

Dr. Harris takes an old-fashioned, hands-on approach and listens carefully to your concerns. He understands the complexity that comes with managing chronic conditions and the importance of involving you in your own treatment. When you work with Dr. Harris, your needs come first.

Call William L. Harris, MD, today to learn more about chronic disease management services. Same day appointments are available!