Dr. Oz: Fibroids
Dr. Oz talked on his show about Fibroids, which can cause cramps, back pain, bleeding, constipation, UTIs, and even infertility.
Dr. Oz talked to Dr. Evelyn Minaya, who said black and Hispanic women are traditionally the most at risk. Fibroids in white women are also on the rise.
Dr. Oz: Red Meat Vs. Beans
Instead of getting your protein from red meat, get it from beans if you want to lower you risk of fibroids. Dr. Minaya said a study from Italy showed that women who had more red meat and ham had an increase in fibroids when compared to women who had a diet with beans instead. This can be a critical substitution for women.
Eating more red meat may increase the amount of estrogen in your body. Estrogen in the uterus can be like fertilizers to mutated cells that turn into fibroids. Beans, however, have nutrients that can cover the mutated cells and prevent estrogen from “fertilizing” the mutant cells.
Dr. Minaya recommended one serving of beans a day. Any type of beans is fine. But Dr. Minaya warned you’ll be “farty,” which she assured Dr. Oz was a medical term. But if you have mung beans, they don’t make gas and work as anti-flatulence agents.
Dr. Oz: Lose 5 Pounds to Lower Fibroid Risk
If you lose just 5 pounds, you can lower your risk of fibroids. Fat cells produce estrogen, which can increase the mutated fibroid cells. Dr. Minaya recommended eating green leafy vegetables in particular.
Dr. Oz: Birth Control & Fibroids
Dr. Minaya said that birth control pills suppress natural hormones, so it stops the estrogen from binding. This can be very beneficial for lowering fibroid risk. In the shot form given every three months, it’ll not only control your bleeding, it’ll help reduce the size of fibroids or stop them from growing in the first place for 10 years.
Dr. Oz: Family History of Fibroids
Dr. Oz welcomed audience member Janice to the show, who said her mom had fibroids. But Janice was healthy for many years until one day, her period started going crazy on her. She went to the doctor and got an ultrasound, where she learned she had fibroids. She’s on birth control now, which has helped manage the intensity of the periods.
Dr. Minaya said if viewers have a family history and any warning signs, they should make sure to tell their doctor.