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New Birth Control Dangers
Studies have shown that drospirenone , a synthetic progestin found in some brands of birth control pills, may raise a woman’s risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots.
Approximately 2 million Americans are diagnosed annually with DVT, with more people dying from complications of DVT than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The condition occurs when a blood clot develops in a deep vein, usually in the leg. Typically, a clot travels from the leg to the lungs and blocks blood from entering other parts of the body, causing trouble breathing and fatigue. When left untreated, clots can travel into the heart and cause it to fail, resulting in death.
“Any birth control pills increase the risk of blood clots, which is why birth control pills can only be obtained with a prescription,” OB-GYN. Dr. Lisa Masterson says.
“Always talk to your doctor about risk factors, such as history of blood clots or other cardiovascular problems, as well as smoking, obesity and age, to find out which pill is right for you."
“If you’re a woman on birth control -- especially if you smoke -- if you experience acute shortness of breath with chest pain and you just don’t feel right, you have to get it checked out,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork advises.
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Dilute Your Risk of Diabetes
Studies show that hydrating regularly can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, as people who drank more than 34 oz of water per day were 21 percent less likely to develop high blood sugar.
“Carry a handy little container and drink [water] throughout the day,” plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says. “This way you know you’re going to keep on hydrating."
”Water, water, water, drink lots of water,” Dr. Lisa adds.
Obesity is Socially Contagious
New studies show that obesity can be socially contagious, meaning if the people immediately surrounding you are obese, you are more likely to be obese as well.
“However, the same is true if you reverse it and create a support system of people who are focused on health, nutrition and fitness,” Dr. Lisa says.
“So when it comes to weight loss, one secret that’s proven true is to have a community of support,” Dr. Travis adds.
Lose Weight the Healthy Way
Certified clinical nutritionist and author of P.I.N.K. Method, Cynthia Pasquella, shares her quick, easy and delicious secrets for cutting the C.R.A.P: Caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol and processed foods, out of your diet.
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Cynthia Pasquella is an author at a publishing company owned by The Doctors' executive producer, Jay McGraw.
The Importance of Annual Check-Ups
Cheyanne, 23, has lost 16 pounds in seven weeks using P.I.N.K. Method. But while Cheyanne is shedding pounds, is she aware of her overall health? The Doctors and P.I.N.K Method trainer Jenna surprise her with a medical check-up by endocrinologist Dr. Katja Van Herle, to show her the importance of annual health exams.
“When we have patients who have had some weight issues and a family history of obesity, we look at their lipids, cholesterol patterns, triglycerides, blood sugar, insulin and thyroid numbers,” Dr. Van Herle explains.
Cheyanne joins the show to hear the results of her blood work and ask Cynthia’s advice:
“I absolutely love to cook on the stove. I love to cook my meats and vegetables, and I’ve always cooked them in oil,” Cheyanne says. “I know that’s not the best method, so what would you suggest as a healthy alternative?”
• For cooking vegetables, Cynthia recommends investing in a steamer, which should cost approximately $20. “Put the water in the bottom and the veggies in the top,” she says. “You’re not boiling the veggies so they retain their nutritional content.”
• If you don’t want to buy a steamer, pour one to two inches of water into a skillet, add your veggies, cover with a lid and let them steam. For a little more flavor, you may use vegetable broth instead of water. Cynthia says meat can be cooked this way as well.
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P.I.N.K. Method is a diet and exercise program. A typical user who reduces calories by 500 per day will lose about one pound per week. Results will vary based on individual efforts.