Dr Oz: Health Screening Secrets
Dr Oz said you do not need to be afraid of health screening tests. Your doctor may not have told you how easy and painless they can be. Dr Oz and his Assistant of the Day, Stacy, teamed up to share three tips that can help you ace your next health test or screening. Here’s how to get ready for a Cholesterol Test, cheat on Colonoscopy Prep, and get ready for a Melanoma screening.
Dr Oz: Soluble Fiber for Cholesterol Test
Dr Suzanne Steinbaum shared a secret to help you get an accurate reading. Don’t have a big, indulgent meal. High starches and high fats can affect your Cholesterol readings. Whatever meal you have before starting your fast should not be loaded up with starch and fat.
However, if you combine some Soluble Fiber into your diet the day before, you will prevent Cholesterol from being absorbed into the body. That’s your secret cheat sheet before your next Cholesterol test.
Dr Oz: Colonoscopy Prep Alternatives
What is Dr Oz’s secret for Colonoscopies? One of the most uncomfortable aspects of this test is that you have to drink an excessive amount of unpleasant liquid to prepare for the examination.
But gastroenterologist Dr Jorge Rodriguez had a secret for all patients: you can get a modified preparation plan from your doctor, just by asking for it! Though most people are expected to drink a gallon of fluid, there are ways around it.
Dr Oz said he was very bloated when he had both of his Colonoscopies. (By the way, Dr Oz said you should avoid gas-causing foods the day before starting your prep.) One alternative is to drink about half of the prep liquid and combine it with Magnesium Citrate, a saline laxative, to help you cheat on your prep.
Another option is a Colonoscopy Prep Pill. You have to stay well hydrated with this option, because it sucks water into the intestines. Some doctors do not approve of this method, but be sure to ask yours about your prep options.
Dr Oz: Remove Nail Polish for Melanoma Screening
Do you have an appointment coming up with your dermatologist? If you are do for a Melanoma screening, Dr Erin Gilbert said you should remove your nail polish. That’s because your manicure could be covering up clues that your doctor wants to spot.
Sometimes Melanoma can be mistaken for a bruise, so never hesitate to ask your doctor. You can also use a clear sunscreen for your nails that will protect you from UV rays without covering up skin signs for your dermatologist.