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Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

Filled with hundreds of tips, suggestions, and strategies, this guide offers practical medical solutions in clear language. It explains how to develop and maintain exercise and nutrition programs, manage symptoms, determine when to seek medical help, work effectively with doctors, properly use medications and minimize side effects, find community resources, discuss the illness with family and friends, and tailor social activities for particular conditions. Written by six medical professionals, this book encourages an individual approach to the process, with the ultimate goal being greater self-management. Originally based on a five-year study conducted at Stanford University with hundreds of volunteers, this work has grown to include the feedback of medical professionals and thousands of people with chronic conditions all over the world.
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Table of Contents

Overview of Self-Management; Becoming a Self-Manager; Finding Resources; Understanding Common Symptoms; Using Your Mind to Manage Symptoms; Exercising for Fun and Fitness; Exercising for Flexibility and Strength; Exercising for Endurance; Exercising Tips for People with Specific Chronic Conditions; Communicating; Sex and Intimacy; Making Your Wishes Known: Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care; Eating Well; Managing Your Medicines; Managing Chronic Lung Disease; Managing Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure; Managing Arthritis; Managing Diabetes; Planning for the Future: Fears and Reality; 200+ Helpful Hints.

About the Author

Kate Lorig, RN, Dr.PH, is a director and senior research scientist at the Stanford University School of Medicine's Patient Education Research Center. Halsted Holman, MD, is a professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. David Sobel, MD, is director of patient education and health promotion at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Northern California Region. Diana Laurent, MPH, is a chronic disease health educator at Stanford Patient Education Research Center. Virginia Gonzalez, MPH, is a chronic disease health educator at Stanford Patient Education Research Center. Marian Minor, RPT, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, Department of Physical Therapy.

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