Chronic Diseases Specialist

J. Todd Carruthers, MD -  - Family Medicine Physician

J. Todd Carruthers, MD

Family Medicine Physician located in Allen, TX

Some diseases are acute and last for a short period while others are considered lifelong diseases. These lifelong diseases, or chronic diseases, usually require ongoing management to reduce symptoms and lower the risk of complications. Dr. Carruthers, located in Allen, Texas offers treatment for chronic diseases and conditions such as asthma and diabetes.

Chronic Diseases Q & A

What are some common chronic diseases and conditions treated by Dr. Carruthers?

These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heartburn/esophageal reflux
  • Ulcers
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Seizures
  • Skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis)
  • Arthritis
  • Anemia

How serious are chronic diseases?

Chronic diseases usually range from mild to severe. Patients with allergies, for example, might not experience severe reactions to dust or other allergens, while others might end up in the hospital when they’re exposed to certain allergens, such as peanuts. Diabetes, coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure are all examples of chronic diseases that can put patients at risk of serious complications when they’re not managed effectively. Other diseases, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, can increase the risk of developing heart problems and other serious conditions unless they’re carefully controlled. Dr. Carruthers provides patients with the education and guidance they need to manage their chronic disease.

Why is obesity considered a chronic disease?

Obesity has more recently been considered a chronic disease due to the many health risks that are linked to this condition. Patients who are obese have a much higher risk of potentially life-threatening conditions, such as heart attacks. They’re also more likely to develop diabetes, which can cause serious complications, including vision loss, kidney problems, and severe nerve damage. Dr. Carruthers provides patients with weight loss help to reduce obesity and achieve a healthy weight.

Is there a cure for chronic diseases?

Chronic diseases can’t be cured, only managed. Patients can keep them under control with medication, lifestyle habits, and other forms of treatment to ease symptoms and reduce flare-ups. Those with seizures, for example, can take medication to prevent seizures from occurring. Managing these conditions also decreases their risk of having these diseases become worse or cause complications. For some chronic diseases, patients can learn to make lifestyle adjustments that relieve symptoms. For example, Dr. Carruthers can help patients with irritable bowel syndrome or heartburn adjust their diet to avoid flare-ups.

For help with a chronic disease, please contact Dr. Carruthers to schedule an appointment.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At Dr. Carruther's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept and click here for the full list. We do not accept insurance for cosmetic procedures. Please contact our office and ask for Jaime if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Contact us!

Accountable Health Plans of America PPO
Aetna HMO/PPO
Beech Street
Blue Cross
Cigna
First Health
First Health Network PPO
Galaxy Healthcare PPO
Great West Health Care
HealthEZ
HealthSmart
Medicare
Multiplan PPO
PacifiCare
PHCS
UniCare