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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 11/21/12: 7 Aging Red Flags, Adult ADHD

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: November 21, 2012
Dr. Oz: 7 Red Flags Your Body Is Aging Too Fast

  • Clues that you may be aging too fast
  • Are you a day dreamer or could you be suffering from adult ADHD?
Dr. Oz discusses seven red flags that the body may be aging too fast and the health concerns that can be linked to advanced aging. Could ADD be more common then we think? Dr. Oz talks to experts about just how common adult ADHD may be and what you can do to support concentration.

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Dr. Oz: 7 Red Flags Your Body Is Aging Too Fast

How do you know how well, or unwell, your body is aging on the inside? Dr. Oz has seven red flags that can you determine how well you are aging.

Dr. Oz Aging Red Flag #1: Cotton Mouth and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can be a leading cause of feeling tired during the day but sleep apnea can also be aging you too fast. Sleep apnea can also lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. To help figure out if you may have sleep apnea, Dr. Oz has a quick test.

Determine your Snore Score by answer the following five questions.
  1. Do you snore?
  2. Do you wake up groggy or with a headache?
  3. Do you constantly feel tired or fatigued during the day?
  4. Do you fall asleep reading, watching TV, or driving?
  5. Do you have problems with memory or concentration?

Each yes answer is one point and if your score is two or more you could be at risk for sleep apnea.

If you sleep on your side it's less likely you may have sleep apnea. Sleeping on the side opens the breathing pathways and makes it very unlikely that you have sleep apnea. Encourage side sleeping by attaching a tennis ball to your back to prevent rolling over onto the back during the night.

Dr. Oz Aging Red Flag #2: Red Eyes and Arthritis
Inflammation in the eyes and red eyes may be a sign of arthritis. Mucus build up around the joints can cause the eyes to be red as well. The covering around the joints is very similar to the mucus around the eyes and when inflammation attacks the joints it can also show up in the eyes.

Dr. Oz recommends taking the supplement feverfew to support the joints. 

Dr. Oz Aging Red Flag #3: Gray Skin and Kidney Disease
Kidney disease is one of the top killers of people in the US. It's hard to see early warning signs for kidney disease but there is one sign that many people aren't aware of. Changes in skin color can be a big indicator that things are changing on the inside. Being aware of these changes and what the colors mean can help pinpoint issues that are challenging health.

Skin color changes:
  • Red skin – allergies and inflammation
  • Blue skin – lack of oxygen
  • Yellow skin – liver problems
  • Brown skin – diabetes, excess sugar in the cells will stain the skin brown
  • Grey – kidney problems indicating that the blood is not circulating properly

If your skin color begins to change, Dr. Oz says it's time to talk to a doctor.

Dr. Oz Aging Red Flag #4: Losing Sense of Smell and Parkinson's Disease
An early sign of Parkinson's disease is a loss of the sense of smell. Test your sense of smell with an alcohol swab, one of those little alcohol packs found in first-aid kits. Ideally, you should begin to smell the alcohol when it is 12-18 inches away from the nose. If you can't smell the alcohol until it's closer to the nose, as close as four inches, it's important to talk to your doctor and see if you're at risk for early on-set of Parkinson's disease.

To support the sense of smell, Dr. Oz recommends taking 600mg daily of alpha lipoic acid. 


Dr. Oz Aging Red Flag #5: Hairless Feet and Toes
Take off your shoes and socks to see how much hair is on your feet and toes. Not having any hair on the feet and toes can be a signs of vascular concerns such as stroke and heart attack. Hormones may cause a loss of hair on the feet however it can also be a sign of vascular disease that is aging the body too fast.

Vascular health concerns create an issue of reduced circulation throughout the body caused by plaque build up and high cholesterol. When blood is not flowing to the skin then hair follicles don't receive nutrients causing hair to die and the skin to become smooth.

If you notice a loss of hair in the feet along with a smoothing of the skin, it's time to call your doctor.

Dr. Oz Aging Red Flag #6: Bumped Toes and Lung Health
Toes that bump upwards at the tips are a sign that the body is not getting enough oxygen and may be a sign of lung concerns and an increased risk of lung cancer. A change in the health and shape of the toes is a sign that there is something going on inside the body and it's worth starting a conversation with your doctor.

Dr. Oz Aging Red Flag #7: Hearing Loss and Alzheimer's Disease
A long held myth that the hearing starts to go as we age is a myth, said Dr. Oz. A loss of hearing is connected to aging but the connection is that losing the sense of sound is a sign that the body is aging too quickly. Early stages of Alzheimer's disease include plaque developing within the brain that limit the communication between brain cells and can even limit hearing along with memory.

There's no cure for Alzheimer's but there is a supplement that can support hearing. Dr. Oz recommends taking 300mg of magnesium daily to support your hearing. 

Dr. Oz: Adult ADHD

Feeling moody, exhausted, anxious? It may be that you have too much going in your life or it could be a sign that you're struggling with ADHD. There has been a surprising increase in the diagnosis of ADHD among women, in the last 10 years the number of women being labeled as ADHD has jumped over 250%.

Do you forget things, day dream all day, can't meet deadlines at work? As many as 13 million adults may have ADHD and not even know it. Symptoms of ADHD in women are very different than in men and it often goes overlooked. ADHD can effect any person and at any age. It's not just a childhood healthy concern.

Dr. Sue Varma, MD, is a psychiatrist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Varma says many women can leave their doctors office with a diagnosis of depression and anxiety instead of the accurate diagnosis of ADHD, the symptoms are so similar and many don't think women are

Dr. Ned Hallowell, psychiatrist, says many women feel out-of-it, as if in a day dream state and blame it on being overwhelmed. As adults we have more responsibilities and more occasions where ADHD may get in the way of our lives. People may have a genetic predisposition to ADHD. Feeling more overwhelmed then your peers in similar situations may be a clue that you suffer from ADHD.

Dr. Oz illustrated that an ADHD brain does not fire in the same way as a normal brain. The areas that control focus and impulsivity do not react in an ADHD brain leaving a person feeling disorganized. Struggling with everyday tasks and relationships are common concerns linked with ADHD.

Many women are able to juggle all their demands and be successful with all of it yet they feel exhausted and anxious all the time. A major life change that brings an added level of responsibility can cause a breakdown in the ability to juggle everything and the underlying cause may be ADHD.

Dr. Oz ADHD Warning Sign #1: Moodiness
Do your moods fluctuate when you're overwhelmed causing you to lash out at loved ones? A low tolerance of frustration and a feeling of chronic underachievement, says Dr. Hallowell, are indications of a medical problem.

Dr. Oz ADHD Warning Sign #2: Exhaustion
When is your exhaustion a sign of ADHD? Time management issues are an indicator of ADHD and it can lead to feeling exhausted. Losing focus during important times in your life brings about feeling overwhelmed. Dr. Varma says when her patients show up late to appointments and say that they can't get their kids to school on time are feeling overwhelmed by being behind in everything on a daily basis. It could be that ADHD is playing a role in that inability to plan and to manage time and responsibilities.

Dr. Oz ADHD Warning Sign #3: Anxiety
How often do you feel anxious? Racing heart, upset stomach, sweaty hands, scatter brained...these are all signs of anxiety but that anxiety and needless worry may be linked to ADHD. Trouble communicating with people in your life because there are so many ideas and issues swarming through the brain can also be an indication of ADHD.

Dr. Oz: Help for Adult ADHD

Dr. Hallowell said many adult psychiatrists do not have much experience with adult ADHD because it's been more of a childhood issue. If you're concerned that you may have ADHD then it's important to find a doctor who has worked with adults. Ask how many adult ADHD patients have they treated and the amount should be at least 50.

Are medications helpful in the treatment of adult ADHD? Dr. Hallowell said medications for ADHD have been in use for over 75 years with 80% effectiveness. That's a long history, said Dr. Hallowell, and they can be very helpful for many people.

Dr. Varma and Dr. Hallowell have three ways to boost concentration and support brain function.

Dr. Oz ADHD Concentration Booster #1: Turn Off Electronic Devices
Turn off all those distracting electronic devices for a certain period of time and do it each day. We have trained ourselves to be keyed into electronic messages and feel a need to responded immediately when the message doesn't require such a quick response. Unplug and relax.

Dr. Oz ADHD Concentration Booster #2: Foods
Focus on protein-rich foods for blood sugar control. Vitamin C provides brain supporting antioxidants. Omega-3 fats and blue-green algae, also known as spirulina, can feed and fuel the brain.

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Dr. Oz ADHD Concentration Booster #3: Breathe
Mindful breathing for five minutes a day twice a day can reduce stress and anxiety by as much as 50%, Dr. Hallowell said that 50% reduction in anxiety is comparable to medications, that's how important breathing can be.

Dr. Oz: Crazy Food Combinations

Peanut butter is a popular health food full of protein and fiber. Dr. Oz asked viewers to share their favorite ways to enjoy peanut butter.

Dr. Oz PB Combo #1: PB, Banana with Chocolate
A peanut butter sandwich with banana isn't new, it was Elvis' favorite, but add chocolate chips and it takes the sandwich to a whole new level.

Dr. Oz PB Combo #2: PB and Pickles
It's like celery with more of a kick. This viewers son loves pickles and enjoys more savory food items. It was her son who paired up the peanut butter with pickles and it's become a family favorite.

Dr. Oz PB Combo #3: PB and Scrambled Eggs
Double up on protein by spooning some peanut butter on scrambled eggs.

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