Chronic Illness

Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC

Internal Medicine & Family Medicine located in Niles, IL

The National Health Council says that approximately 133 million Americans are living with some type of chronic illness. Left untreated, chronic illness can negatively impact your health and increase your risk of early death. At Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC in Niles, Illinois, internal medicine physician Dr. Zhadovich and family physician Alex Kostiv, MD, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness. If you’re concerned about your risk of chronic illness, make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.

Chronic Illness Q & A

What is chronic illness?

Chronic diseases, are medical conditions that last a year or longer and require regular medical attention. In most cases, chronic illness also impacts your ability to participate in regular activities. 

For example, as your condition progresses, you might have to miss work frequently or apply for disability. In the United States, 6 in 10 adults have one chronic illness while 4 in 10 adults have two or more. 

What causes chronic illness?

Chronic illness affects people of all ages, from children to senior citizens. However, there are certain behaviors that significantly increase your risk. These factors include:

  • Using tobacco
  • Poor nutrition
  • Little exercise
  • Excessive alcohol use

Your family history and environment also play a role. For example, if your parents or grandparents suffered from a chronic illness, you’re more likely to as well. 

What types of chronic illness do you treat?

The team at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC treats a variety of chronic diseases including:


Diabetes is a serious medical condition marked by high blood sugar levels. Persistent high blood sugar increases your risk of nerve damage, foot wounds, obesity, and heart disease. The team treats all types of diabetes including type 1, type 2, and gestational.


Blood pressure is a measurement of how hard your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries. Almost everyone experiences high blood pressure from time to time, but consistently high blood pressure increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke. 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) is a blanket term that describes a series of chronic respiratory issues including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. There’s no cure for COPD, but medications and lifestyle changes can help ease your symptoms.

Is there any way to prevent chronic illness?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent chronic illness entirely. However, you can significantly lower your risk by living a healthy and active lifestyle. 

The team at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC recommends eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, and getting eight hours of sleep each night. 

If you’re at risk of a chronic illness, your provider might also prescribe medications or a medically supervised weight loss program to help improve your health and lower your overall risk. 

Chronic illness is a common problem, but it doesn’t have to control your life. Seek quick, effective treatment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.