Dr Oz: Iron Deficiency Test & Vision Test: Instant Health Checks

By on February 17, 2011

Dr Oz did a segment called Instant Health Checks That Will Save You Bucks.  How many times have you gone to the doctor just to find out that everything was perfectly fine?  Doctor Oz has a couple Instant Health Checks that you can do at home to save you time and money – no copays required!

Dr Oz: Iron Deficiency Self-Test

Dr Oz said that if you feel exhausted, the most common cause is Anemia or Iron Deficiency.  You can test yourself at home for Anemia by putting one arm out directly in front of you and Dr Oz Instant Health Checkspulling back on your fingers with your other hand.  Have someone check your palm while you are stretching your fingers backwards.  The lines or creases on your palm should stay red, even though your palm itself gets blanched and turns white.  If the lines or creases also turn white though, then you are probably Anemic.  Dr Oz said that if you are under the age of 50, you should take 18 mg of iron and if you are over the age of 50 you should take 8 mg of iron.  You can also eat iron-rich foods like spinach and lentils.

Dr Oz: Vision Self-Test

Dr Oz said that you can go to your garage to do your own Vision Test.  Walk towards your car until you cannot see the license plate very well, and then take 5 steps backwards – this should put you about 20 feet away from the license plate.  If you cannot read it or it looks blurry, then it is time to make an appointment to see your eye doctor.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Iron Deficiency Test & Vision Test: Instant Health Checks

  1. Barb Emmick says:

    My husband seen a product advertised on your show for itchy eyes. He can’t remember the
    name though. Could you please tell me what that product is?

  2. I am anemic so I thought I would try the hand thing. my hemoglobin is currently at 9 and my lines on hand stayed red im a 40 year old female. does this test work for everyone?

  3. Michelle, it would be more reassuring if the hand test were validated by an actual referenced study.

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