Diabetic Neuropathy Dangers
Headlines were made when a 61-year-old diabetic man awoke to a grim discovery -- his own dog had chewed off several of his toes along with part of his foot. The man suffered from neuropathy, or nerve damage, which had eliminated all sense of feeling in his foot.
“It brings up an important issue about diabetes,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “A lot of times the nerves can be damaged as well as the blood supply, so foot care is really important for diabetics. They can lose legs and limbs because of diabetes.
“A lot of people think if [they] get diabetes, [then they] can just take a pill and it will all be better, but there a lot of other consequences to [diabetes].”
Erasing Superficial Spider Veins
Dana has prominent spider veins on her feet and is self-conscious about wearing open-toed shoes. Dr. Ordon explains how specialized concealers, designed to mask bluish tones, can be applied to the feet for a temporary fix. For more definitive results, plastic surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian demonstrates how foam sclerotherapy injections will collapse spider veins instantly.
“These are veins that we actually don’t need,” Dr. Karamanoukian explains. “Within a few minutes, the veins will reappear but they’ll be eliminated for good as the body absorbs them. [The number of treatments] just depends on how many spider veins you have because not everyone is the same. Someone could have one versus a whole network of them,” Dr. Karamanoukian adds.
• More on sclerotherapy treatment for spider veins.
Yoga to Improve Sleep
"Fifty to 70 million Americans [experience] chronic sleep problems," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "Almost half of us acknowledge daytime sleepiness." Watch as Dr. Travis demonstrates how basic yoga stretches and deep breathing can help relax your body and lead to a better night’s sleep.
Flatter Your Fanny
Fashion expert and Health magazine contributor Gretta Monahan joins The Doctors to discuss simple ways to flaunt and firm the appearance of your backside.
“The three things that you want to be thinking about are cut, color and fabrication when it comes to improving the look of your booty,” Gretta says.
Approximately 85 percent of women over the age of 20 struggle with some form of cellulite. The condition is attributed to circulation problems, which causes fat cells to swell and causes the connective tissue between the cells to shrink and harden, creating a dimpling effect. While there are no permanent solutions for cellulite, there are different options to reduce the appearance of the unwanted dimples.
Dr. Karamanoukian’s patient, Sandra, has tried topical creams and works out regularly but still struggled with cellulite on her legs. Sandra underwent the BCT procedure and joins The Doctors to discuss her results.
“It wasn’t painful, and the next day I worked out. I thought I would have downtime, I thought that I would have to wear a garment – nothing. It’s a miracle,” she says.
More Ways to Fight Cellulite
• Cellulaze procedure
• At home cellulite treatments
• Diet changes
• Butt the Bomb cellulite treatment
• Adjusted radio frequency
Simple Smile Fixes
Michelle has a crooked tooth in her lower jaw that makes her self-conscious about her smile. Watch as she gets tips and treatments to better display her pearly whites.