Dr. Oz

By: Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Mike Roizen, M.D

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.sharecare.com.
© 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed byKing Features Syndicate, Inc.

All vegetable oils are not created equal

December 29, 2017 - 11:08am

 Around 1907, a German scientist contacted Procter & Gamble to tell them he had invented a way to turn liquid fat into a solid, and suggested it would transform their soap products. But when the company’s scientists found that they could
turn cottonseed oil into a creamy, lardlike substance, they decided to forget soap! They saw it as a perfect replacement for animal fats used for cooking, and so did America. The company sold 2.6 million pounds of what it branded as
Crisco in 1912, and 60 million pounds four years later.

The sour side of sugar and the sugar lobby

December 22, 2017 - 9:37am

What weighs in at 66 pounds — a year, every year, per person — in America?

Sugar!

That’s how much you’re taking in from high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar and other sweeteners like dextrose, fructose and malt. There are over 60 names for sweeteners found on food labels. If that surprises you, that’s because much of
the sugar is hidden in 74 percent of packaged/prepared foods you find at the grocery store.

Teen angst: Social media and depression

December 15, 2017 - 7:49am

A recent paper published in the journa  Clinical Psychological Science has sounded the alarm (again) about a serious public health problem: the substantial and rapid rise in the number of teen suicides.

The increased rate of teen suicides directly parallels the advent of the smartphone and the rise of social media. The study we’re referring to is titled “Increases in Depressive Symptoms, Suicide-Related Outcomes, and Suicide Rates Among U.S. Adolescents After 2010 and Links to Increased New Media Screen Time.” The last five words may be the most important.

Type 3 Diabetes: The Alzheimer’s-glucose connection

December 8, 2017 - 9:23am

Alzheimer’s disease is common and mysterious, well-documented and hidden.

Though it affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans today (5.3 million are 65 or older), by 2050 almost 14 million people in the U.S. and 1.4 million in Canada are expected to have this condition.

Although there are medications available, none slows the progress of the disease and none has come close to a cure.

Battling childhood asthma

December 1, 2017 - 1:30pm

When kids wheeze, gasp and cough because of asthma, not only are they contending with a potentially life-threatening lack of air, they also may find that they’re restricted from many of the everyday pleasures of running, playing and just being a kid.

Today, around 6.2 million children under age 18 have asthma — about one of every 12. It’s the No. 1 reason for missed school days (in the U.S., in 2013, that total was 13.8 million!) and asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children younger than 15.

Why the environment matters for your health and the health of future generations

November 23, 2017 - 9:20am

Midway through the fifth game of the World Series it seemed like everyone in the Houston Astrodome — players, coaches and fans (more than 69,000 people) — held up signs for cancer awareness.

On each one was written the name of someone who had or has cancer; many signs read “Mom.”

These days cancer survival rates are heading up; the death rate from cancer is down 25 percent from 1991 to 2014. More than 2.1 million folks have made it who wouldn’t have before.

The opioid epidemic is officially a public health emergency

November 16, 2017 - 11:12am

After years of an ever-increasing number of drug overdoses from opioid pain relievers (more than 30,000 in 2015, a 2.8-fold increase since 2002) and calls from all corners, including law enforcement, the American Medical Association
and local and state governments, President Donald Trump has declared the country’s current opioid epidemic a “public health emergency” to be managed under the Public Health Services Act. (It could have been declared a “national emergency.”)

Take heart: New insights into protecting yours

November 9, 2017 - 9:39am

When it comes to heart health, you’ve heard it a million times: Keep your lousy LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and weight in the normal range, and chances are you can cut your risk for clogged arteries, angina, heart attack and stroke.

Yet cardiovascular disease affects 85.6 million American adults and is the No. 1 killer of men and women. But it’s not just older folks who have such health problems.

Is Marijuana the Exit Out of the Opiod Crisis

November 2, 2017 - 1:24pm

As doctors, one of our primary responsibilities is to alleviate pain. Dr. Mike is an anesthesiologist and internist who, at the Cleveland Clinic, ran one of the largest pain therapy centers in the world; and as a heart surgeon, Dr. Oz is devoted
to easing cardiac-related pain and helping patients manage pain post-surgery.

For years, the medical profession relied on opiates to do the job, but now — because of the spike in addiction and overdoses from opioids — we have to find alternatives.

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