Chronic Illness

Clare Babino, MD, FACOG, ABIHM -  - Functional Medicine Practitioner


Clare Babino, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

Functional Medicine Practitioner & Gynecologist located in Smyrna, GA

Have you been diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, or heart disease? If so, reach out to Dr. Clare Babino at WellnessMD, located in Smyrna, Georgia, for a consultation. Dr. Babino diagnoses and treats these chronic illnesses using dietary and lifestyle changes, she gets to the root of your issues, offering lasting and impactful treatment. Schedule an appointment today online or over the phone.

Chronic Illness Q & A

What is a chronic illness?

Examples of common chronic diseases include:


Diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood sugar caused by poorly controlled insulin production in the body. Diabetes affects at least 30 million Americans, not including those with prediabetes. If you eat poorly or you’re obese, you’re at a much higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.


Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a potentially dangerous chronic condition. Left untreated, it can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or another serious health problem. Symptoms of hypertension may include nosebleeds, headaches, and shortness of breath.

Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, is any chronic condition that narrows or blocks blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease and can lead to chest pain, heart failure, heart attack, or stroke.

Who is at risk for chronic illnesses?

Anyone can suffer from a chronic illness, but you’re more at risk if you:

  • Are over the age of 65
  • Smoke
  • Are overweight
  • Maintain a poor diet
  • Are sedentary
  • Use caffeine, alcohol, or drugs

How do you treat chronic illnesses?

Generally, Dr. Babino treats chronic diseases using FirstLine Therapy®, a 90-day program that focuses on lifestyle changes, including weight loss. Dr. Babino and WellnessMD are certified to practice FirstLine Therapy for effective treatment.

By combining FirstLine Therapy with conventional medicine, Dr. Babino can help her patients enjoy fuller, healthier lives and decrease or eliminate the need for prescription drugs. Most chronic illnesses are caused or exacerbated by poor choices, which is why lifestyle changes can make such a significant and lasting effect on your overall wellness.

If you’re ready to take control of your chronic illness and regain your fullest life, call Dr. Babino at her practice, WellnessMD. Schedule an appointment today by calling her office in Smyrna, Georgia, or using the online booking tool.