Managing long-term conditions

A long-term condition is a health problem that requires on-going management over years or even decades. It cannot be cured but can be managed with the use of medication or other therapies. Diabetes, asthma and coronary heart disease are examples of long-term conditions.

Living with a long-term condition

Many people with a long term health condition lead active and fulfilling lives by activity managing their health and developing different ways of handling their condition.

Self-care can put you in control by helping you overcome the day-to-day challenges of your condition. This can help you make the most of your life, rather than avoiding or missing out on things because of it.  It helps you to lead a healthy lifestyle even if you have a long- term condition. Things you can do include:

  • Staying physically active
  • Eating a balanced diet, rich in fruit and vegetables, taking care not to eat too much or too little
  • Drinking only small amounts of alcohol
  • Stopping smoking
  • Speaking to your GP or consultant about how you can best monitor and manage your condition at home.

More information about managing your condition

  • NHS Choices: guide to long term conditions and self-care.
  • CarePlace lists a wide range of organisations that support people with specific conditions.