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Disease Prevention tips on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

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(Best Syndication News) - Dr. Oz hosted a special ‘Prevention Power Hour’ on his TV show today and said it is never too late to prevent disease. By changing how you do things you can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by up to 80 percent, cancer up to 60 percent, and type 2 diabetes up to 90 percent, he explained. Two doctors join him on the show to explain simple lifestyle changes that can prevent diseases. Later on, Dr. Oz had Health Magazine editor, Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, shared some unique household products that can offer health prevention - all for under $10.

Donald Hensrund, Md, chair Preventive Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and said that preventive medicine, helps people make lifestyle changes to feel better now and live longer.

Dr. Mona Khanna, Md. MPH, FACP Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, said that diet, sleep, smoking, stress, and exercise are all areas that can have a big impact on your quality of life as well as your lifespan.

Dr. Hensrund said that those that quit smoking have their heart disease risk go down immediately. Breast cancer survivors that exercise have less chance of having the breast cancer return.

Heart Attacks

Dr. Oz suggests that everyone eat five different colors of food each day. Dr. Khanna said that it is important to eat each color because they offer different health benefits. She continued to explain that if you incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet daily for eight years you could reduce the chance of developing or dying from a heart attack by 22 percent.

Type 2 Diabetes

The next tip was to help prevent developing type 2 diabetes. Dr. Hensrund explained that coffee both decaf and regular could reduce a person’s chance of developing diabetes. Dr. Oz said that one-third of adults are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Dr. Oz said it is just the coffee plain that is beneficial, not the cream and sugar. Dr. Hensrund said to have 2 teaspoons of vinegar before lunch and dinner because this could prevent blood sugar from rising. It could reduce blood sugar levels by 30 percent.

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

There are foods that help prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia. These super foods for the brain apple juice, flax seed oil, bananas, blueberries, hept nuts explained Dr. Khanna. Dr. Oz makes these super foods into blended smoothie drink and then puts them into ice cube trays and freezes them. That way he can take out a couple of cubes and take them on the go.

Bone Loss and Heart Disease

Prevent bone loss by using an herb grinder. Dr. Hensrund said that salt takes out bone from the body and suggests reducing the amount of salt in the diet by replacing it with an herb grinder. Reducing salt intake can also help lower high blood pressure and prevent heart disease. The herbs will flavor the food. Dr. Oz said to be on the lookout for pre-packaged herbs that might try to sneak in salt.

Cancer

Prevent cancer by eating 1 cup of sweet potato daily. Dr. Oz said studies showed that eating the 1-cup daily of sweet potato reduced the chances for developing lung, skin, and prostate cancers. People with the highest alpha-carotene levels had almost a 40 percent decrease in the risk for death. Sweet potatoes have high amounts of alpha-carotene.

Household Products under $10 that might Help Prevent Diseases

Frances Largeman-Roth, RD and Senior Food & Nutrition Editor of Health Magazine shared some household products that could help make it easier to make people healthier and prevent diseases. She said that the product had to help use with a serious health issue, it had to be small, and it had to be under $10.

High Cholesterol – Garlic Zoom ($8.99 online) minces the garlic without getting the smell all over the place. You simply put in the peeled garlic clove and then roll it around. The garlic is perfectly minced in the self-contained chopper. Dr. Oz said that the nutrient allicin is in garlic, which helps reduce cholesterol. He said to eat about one clove a day.

Germs and Cleaning -Cyber Clean putty ($6.99 online). The pliable cleaning product helps to clean areas that are difficult to get at. You can use it on the electronics, toys, and keyboards.

Food Safety - Digital Day Counter ($5.99). Not sure how many days that food has been in there. This counter could be used to keep track of medicine expiration dates. The counter clips on the food container and it will let you how many days it has been in the refrigerator. Dr. Oz said nothing over 4 days for leftovers is what he does in his house.

Toe Pain - Freezable Toe Stretchers ($7.99). This product can help to alleviate the pain from bunions. Dr. Oz added that it could help you release tension and arthritis, which could get people moving more.

Diabetes Prevention -Natural Peanut Butter Mixer ($9.95 online). She explained that natural nut butters are good at preventing type 2 diabetes. If a person eats these healthy nut butters five times a week could help to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 20 – 30 percent she said. The problem with natural nut butters is that the oil tends to separate out and constantly needs to be stirred each time before eating. It can be messy to mix it up. The Natural Peanut Butter Mixer screws on the top of the jar and has a mixer built into it.

By: Nancy Connors

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