Dr. Oz & Healthy Living

Posted on May 1st, 2013, by iMinerva


Dr. Oz is everywhere – TV, bookstores, radio, online, magazines, radio.  That’s probably a good thing since we all have access to him – and he’s believable.  A cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Oz is a professor in the department of surgery at Columbia University and directs the cardiology program at New York – Presbyterian Hospital.  So I guess that’s pretty good credentials.  I like him because he takes a realistic, practical look at health – though I’m not buying into some of his green tonic concoctions.  I little too healthy for me.

The recent (April/May 2013) AARP Magazine features “Dr. Oz’s Handbook for Healthy Living” -” a prescription for living a good, long life” with tips for women and for men.  Oz makes good health pretty simple.  He has four categories to focus on.  Here are his priorities for women:

1) Health product

* Always have your sunglasses with you.  They may play a role in helping to prevent age-related macular degeneration, a condition which women are twice as susceptible to as men.

2) Bad habits to drop

* Stop eating “fat-free.”  Fat-free products often have added sugar and calories to heighten taste.  Choose low-fat, not no-fat.

* Don’t rely on over-the-counter painkillers.  Talk to your doc about the cause of your pain and try exercise and stress-relieving activities (meditation, yoga) before popping a pill.

3) Good habits to add

* Protect your joints with padding as osteoarthritis increases with age.  Try kneepads for the garden.

* Get cracking with those Kegel exercises to tighten pelvic-floor muscles and help prevent/lessen urinary leaks.

* Oz says “Go Fish.”  Omega-3s, especially those in fish oil, are brain food.  My Swedish grandma knew this more than 100 years ago.  She always ate sardines and told me they would make me smart.  Wish I had listened, but not too late to start.  Oz recommends salmon two to three times a week plus a supplement with 600 mg of DHA.

4) Tests by 50

* Colonscopy – “Colon cancer kills more women than ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer combined.”  Just do it and keep doing it as your doctor recommends.

* Pap test – Don’t stop because you’ve gone through menopause – or because you haven’t had sex since Elvis died.  You need to continue your annual pap smear to detect cervical cancer at least until age 65 or your doc says its okay.

* Mammogram – So it’s not comfortable but then neither is breast cancer.  Dr. Oz recommends an annual mammy starting at 50.  It isn’t hard, takes no time, and insurance typically covers it.

* Bone density – Osteoporosis is a nasty part of aging as it thins your bones and makes you more susceptible to bone fractures.  The test is quick and simple (does not require removal of any piece of clothing) and there are drugs available to help slow further deterioration.

 So nothing here is difficult or new knowledge – it’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 – 4.  It’s just Dr. Oz reminding us all to take better care of ourselves.  We owe it to ourselves to be healthy and happy – avoiding, of course, the green Dr. Oz super tonic.




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