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Chronic Diseases

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician serving Grapevine, Southlake, Fort Worth, Dallas, TX, and the surrounding areas

Chronic Diseases services offered in Grapevine, TX

Chronic diseases increase your risk of potentially dangerous complications, like stroke or heart attack. At the practice of Saba Shabnam, MD, FAAFP, in Grapevine, Texas, Dr. Shabnam provides comprehensive care for chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Managing your symptoms can help prevent the disease’s progression to maintain your health throughout life. Call the office of Saba Shabnam, MD, FAAFP, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about chronic diseases.

Chronic Diseases Q & A

What are chronic diseases?

A chronic disease is a condition that lasts for at least one year. Chronic diseases require long-term medical care and often interfere with your daily activities. While proper management can reduce chronic disease symptoms, complications may develop without treatment. 

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of disability and death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the practice of Saba Shabnam, MD, FAAFP, the providers work with you to develop an ongoing care plan that addresses your symptoms and prevents complications.


What are the different types of chronic diseases?

Dr. Shabnam uses efficient testing and monitoring services to manage chronic diseases, such as:



Diabetes is the result of high blood sugar levels. When your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, blood sugar (glucose) builds up and damages your blood vessels. Proper diabetes management can help prevent complications, such as kidney disease and neuropathy (nerve damage).



Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, occurs when the force of blood against your blood vessel walls is too strong for too long. Over time, the walls weaken, increasing your risk of stroke and aneurysm.


Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease encompasses several conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. Coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral artery disease (PAD), and stroke are among the most common cardiovascular conditions that the practice ofSaba Shabnam, MD, FAAFP, can help prevent and manage.



Asthma is a respiratory disorder that causes the small airways in your lungs to narrow, swell, and produce too much mucus. Dr. Shabnam works with you to prevent and treat asthma symptoms, like shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

COPD refers to several chronic diseases that impact your airways. If you have a persistent cough, frequent respiratory infections, or fatigue that is making it difficult to breathe, Dr. Shabnam can help manage your COPD symptoms.


How can I manage a chronic disease?

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for chronic diseases. Your health management team works with you to create an individualized plan that prevents disease complications and reduces your symptoms. In your personalized plan, the team may include:

  • Medication
  • Diet changes
  • Exercise
  • Wound care management
  • Blood sugar monitoring
  • Blood pressure testing
  • Supplements
  • Routine check-ins
  • Bloodwork
  • Imaging scans

Call the office of Saba Shabnam, MD, FAAFP, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about chronic diseases.