Got five minutes? Get healthy with The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes!
Mollie is 24 years old and exercises regularly. She can't remember the last time she had a blood test and asks why it is important to have a physical exam if she already lives a healthy lifestyle.
"Even if you're young and healthy, you need a complete physical exam once a year," family practitioner Dr. Lesley Debrier says. "In my practice, I do a complete exam, which includes screening for cancers and sexually transmitted diseases."
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork points out that it takes less than five minutes to call your doctor to schedule a physical exam and blood test.
Mollie visits Dr. Debrier to have an exam and discuss which blood tests are important to have done. "I think that she should have a [complete blood count (CBC)] to make sure that she doesn't have anemia," Dr. Debrier says. "I think that she should be screened for diabetes and elevated cholesterol, and just a routine check to make sure that her liver and kidney function are normal."
Happy and Healthy
Research has found that happier people are significantly less likely to have heart problems. The study followed more than 1,700 people who rated their happiness levels on a five-point scale for 10 years. It was found that every extra point of happiness corresponded to a 22-percent lower chance of heart problems.
"Think of five things [that make you happy]," Dr. Travis says. "Those happy things, think about them every day for five minutes, because it's the act of thinking about those things that actually helps reduce your risk of heart disease."
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder characterized by hyperactivity, inattention and impulsiveness. Could the foods you eat be causing ADHD?
Studies have found that pesticides found on foods relate to higher incidences of ADHD in children. To keep pesticides out of your meals, consider buying organic. "You want to buy fruits and veggies organic, but it's kind of expensive to buy everything organic," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "We looked at which fruits and vegetables are safer non-organic vs. organic."
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The Dirty Dozen
These fruits and vegetables listed below usually have a thin skin and are hard to wash, making it more difficult to remove pesticides. The Dirty Dozen tend to contain higher levels of the toxins, and therefore, it's important to always buy them organic.
• Bell Peppers
The Clean Fifteen
The fruits and vegetables listed below have thicker skins, are more resistant to pesticides and are easier to wash. While thicker skin does not always equate to lower levels of pesticides, Dr. Sears says that you probably won't be harming your health by buying non-organic versions of these:
• Sweet Corn
• Sweet Peas
• Honeydew Melons
• Sweet Potatoes