Medical Conditions Management

Janet R. Schwartz, MD -  - Women's Medicine Physician

Janet R. Schwartz, MD

Women's Medicine Physician located in La Jolla, CA

Good health care management is about more than treating disease. It’s also about preventing and treating conditions such as heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and thyroid disorders that seriously interfere with a high quality of life. Dr. Janet Schwartz helps women stay on top of their health and prevent illness. Call her office in La Jolla, California to make an appointment today.

Medical Conditions Management Q & A

What is health management?

Dr. Schwartz provides ongoing medical treatment for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, and heart disease. She also promotes health and wellness by educating you on a healthy diet, activity level, and other lifestyle habits that prevent disease, disability, and death. She also monitors health markers—such as blood pressure and sugar—to catch and treat issues before they cause debilitating disease.

How does health management work?

Health management may be as easy as encouraging you to have regular annual appointments with Dr. Schwartz to manage your health. Regular checkups include screenings of your blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and cholesterol. When you monitor these numbers, you can catch any potential warning signs of heart disease or diabetes early and take action before it becomes a chronic problem.

She will also conduct periodic exams to follow up on treatment for any of the conditions.

Other examples of health management include monitoring of your gynecologic health. Regular Pap smears, birth control monitoring, and screenings for sexually transmitted infections are preventive measures. Clinical and self breast exams, as well as mammograms, help you stay on top of any changes in your breast tissue that may indicate the development of cancer.

What chronic diseases are particularly relevant for women?

Women are at a greater risk than men of developing many autoimmune diseases and complications of sexually transmitted infections. Dr. Schwartz can educate you on safe behaviors to reduce your risk. As women approach menopause, their risk of osteoporosis and heart disease also rise. Bioidentical hormone therapy can help in preventing the development of these diseases.

What preventive steps can I take to protect against disease?

Dr. Schwartz can help you learn about what constitutes a health-promoting diet and physical activity schedule. For example, if you have abnormal blood sugar levels, she may encourage you to avoid refined grains and added sugars and follow a diet more focused on fresh vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. This can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and weight gain as you age. Plus, it’s protective against heart disease and high blood pressure.

She may also warn you against the hazards of careless recreational behavior, such as alcohol and tobacco use—and assist you in seeking help if you have a problem with these substances.