Common Chronic Diseases

More than 50 percent of adult Americans have at least one chronic disease. If you are suffering from a chronic disease in Houston, TX, you need to have a doctor you can count on to get treatment and monitor your condition. Dr. Tomas Rios of Rios Healthcare Associates treats both adults and teens for chronic diseases as well as:

  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease 
  • Stroke

These may be the most common, but some of the others that can be considered chronic conditions are Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, eating disorders, gum disease, asthma, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and Cystic Fibrosis.


Obesity is a common chronic disease that affects more than 40% of Americans. The cases of obesity are on the rise according to the CDC, and many other chronic diseases are related to obesity, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis, and some types of cancer. 


Arthritis is a general term used to describe a group of diseases that impact the joints, tissue surrounding the joint, and connective tissue. More than 100 types of arthritis can affect you. Some common types include rheumatoid, osteo, gout, childhood arthritis, and fibromyalgia. You can be proactive by maintaining a healthy weight, keeping physically active, and not smoking. 


Diabetes is a chronic disease that has to do with how your body uses the food you eat to make energy. There are three primary types of diabetes, type 1, type 2, and gestational. Type 1 usually occurs in children, teens and young adults, it is not preventable at this time. Type 2 usually develops later and can be delayed or prevented to some extent with lifestyle changes. Gestational developed in pregnant women and in most cases goes away after the baby is delivered. 


Cancer can hit almost any part of the body and there are many different kinds. Your best bet for preventing cancer is to know your risks, take preventive measures and get regular health exams. 

Heart disease

Knowing your family history of heart disease is one way to be proactive. Make sure your doctor knows that history as well. You can make changes to your lifestyle that can help prevent chronic disease in Houston, TX, Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. 


Strokes often come on very suddenly without warning, but the results may become a chronic disease. Your doctor can help with a plan to survive.

If you are suffering from a chronic disease in Houston, you can count on Dr. Rios of Rios Healthcare Associates to provide the quality and compassionate healthcare you expect. To make an appointment, give the office a call at (832) 323-9230.