What you need to know about chronic health conditions


2 minutes

01 July 2022

Expert insights with our resident dietitian on chronic health conditions like diabetes or asthma and why knowledge and support are your best allies.

A chronic health condition is an illness that lasts a long time and unfortunately doesn't go away. Managing such a condition can be challenging at times, so seeking knowledge and support is often a good place to start.

With eight years’ experience supporting members managing heart disease and diabetes, HBF dietitian Kate Kenny encourages those managing chronic health conditions to be proactive in seeking support. Here are some notes from our expert.

  1. “Chronic conditions include conditions like type 1 and type 2 diabetes, arthritis, coronary heart disease, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”
  2. “Learning how to best manage a chronic health condition from the outset can make a big difference. It can be easy to delay treating a chronic health condition. This is because it doesn't tend to be life-threatening or make you feel unwell in the beginning. Learning how to best manage a chronic condition well right from the outset though, can make a big difference in the long term.”
  3. “Managing a chronic condition can be challenging at times. Some people may benefit from some extra support. The more knowledge and control you have, the better your health is likely to be.” You can find some helpful links at the end of this article.
  4. “Break the cycle and be proactive. Depending on your condition, understanding how best to manage it can help you feel in control of your health.”

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This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.