Dr. Oz Traveling with EMTs
Dr. Oz went with some EMTs to work the night shift and responded to a woman named Carmen with diabetes, whose blood sugar was skyrocketing. When they arrived, Dr. Oz spoke to the woman. She explained that her blood sugar had jumped up to 379. She felt crampy and nauseous when she checked it and was shocked at the number.
Carmen has high blood pressure and cholesterol, in addition to the diabetes. “You look like Dr. Oz,” the woman said after explaining her issues to Dr. Oz.
“That is Dr. Oz,” the paramedic explained.
“I get that a lot,” Dr. Oz said.
Carmen said her blood sugar has been going highwire for a while. She said her mom had diabetes. Then she yelled at someone else in the house to let him know Dr. Oz was in their home.
Dr. Oz: Woman with Diabetes Smokes Cigarettes
Carmen also smokes cigarettes. Dr. Oz said with her family history, her high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking, it was the “lottery for heart disease.”
As they put Carmen into the ambulance, she let Dr. Oz know he looked better in person. He told her she was kind to say that. Then he wondered why she smoked cigarettes. Carmen said it makes her relax and she’ll have one with a cup of coffee. Carmen has five grandkids and Dr. Oz urged her to think about them. Carmen said when she walks, she feels pain in her calves. She can only make it two and a half blocks. Dr. Oz said she didn’t have good pulse in her legs and she wasn’t growing hair on her legs because of the blood down there. He told her if she quit smoking, all the other problems would be greatly diminished.
Dr. Oz: Benefits of Quitting Smoking
Back in the studio, Dr. Oz said that smoking and diabetes don’t mix. But if you stop smoking, your body heals really quickly. In less than 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rates comes back down toward normal levels. In just one month, your cilia hairs start to regrow in the lungs to help filter out the bad stuff. In one month, your brain starts to rewire to relax the nicotine receptors so you no longer have the strong cravings.
Dr. Oz said if you want to quit, you should drink milk when you have the urge to smoke, because it worsens the taste of cigarettes. He also recommended that you stay away from coffee and alcohol, because they serve as a trigger to smoke.
Carmen is working on quitting smoking, having cut down her cigarettes by half.