If you’re among the 27 million North Americans with asthma, chances are it’s triggered by allergies to airborne irritants in your environment (a whopping 75 percent of adults with sensitive airways have allergic asthma). Read More
Q: My company now requires an annual health checkup to assess our weight, height, body fat and blood pressure, or we end up paying $50 more a month for health insurance. They say they won’t penalize us for “bad” results, as long as we get the checkup. What do you think? — Mike P., Ocala, Fla. Read More
Q: I’ve heard I can have my high cholesterol filtered out of my blood, just like kidney dialysis. Is that true? — Jamie C., Chicago
A: Yes and no. There’s a treatment called LDL apheresis that is designed for people who can’t lower their abnormally high levels of “lousy” LDL cholesterol with lifestyle changes and medications. LDL apheresis filters out the lousy cholesterol from your blood, and leaves good HDL cholesterol behind. Read More
Are you a “chow and chat” or a “grab and gulp” family? It makes a difference: Your household eating style influences the physical and emotional health of each family member. While 60 to 70 percent of folks, including teens, say they sit down together most nights, the majority of people admit they eat with the TV on (always or sometimes), and 5 percent confess to texting or emailing at the table. Read More
Q: Ever since my mastectomy I’ve been a wreck — I can’t sleep and I’m distant from my kids and my husband. They say the cancer is gone, but I can’t shake the fear. What can I do? — Lauren J., Montpellier, Vt.
A: You’ve been through a very stressful experience. It’s natural to feel some turmoil. But the emotions you’re describing may be more than the expected ups and downs of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Read More
If you’re one of the 50 million North Americans living with nagging arthritis pain, don’t be discouraged by recent news about treatment duds and dangers. Plenty of safe, proven ache-easers can keep you off the sidelines and may eliminate or reduce your dependence on painkillers and postpone the need for a joint replacement.
First, some alerts and advice about well-known arthritis pain-relief treatments: Read More
The average grab-it-and-get-back-to-your-desk lunch packs more than 800 calories; 34 percent of folks chow down more than 1,000 calories! And that’s before they pile on a sugary beverage or a sweet treat (any added sugar or sugar syrup is a no-no). That’s a formula for poor performance at work, weight gain, heart disease and dementia — just a partial list of the problems you set yourself up for if you aren’t joining the brown-bag revolution. Read More
By:Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen03/19/13 9:08 PM
Q: Everyone is on the gluten-free bandwagon these days, but I can’t figure out if it’s something I should avoid or not? What’s the story? — Daisy F., Durham, N.C.
A: Gluten-free diets are more popular now because we’ve developed ways — some based in science and some using trial and error — to identify who has trouble digesting this protein found in wheat, rye, barley and countless processed foods (including soy sauce and ketchup!). Read More