Dr Oz: Best Self-Tests For Health
Rene Syler, author of GoodEnoughMother.com, joined Dr Oz saying women are so quick to put everyone else before themselves, but they need to be healthy too! Dr Oz first wanted to look at heart disease, diabetes, and fitness, showing that you can test your health in no time to see if you’ve truly been neglecting your own health. Rene tried them herself, confident that she was in great shape.
Aimalohi Giwa-Amu visited Rene in her home, explaining that she would be doing three easy DIY tests that anyone could do to find out more about their own health.
First, to find out if you could have hidden heart disease, is the flexibility test. Rene was asked to sit down with her legs stretched straight out in front of her, then lean over and touch her toes. Your outward flexibility or stiffness correlates to your inner artery flexibility or stiffness.
Dr Oz: Diabetes Self Test
Next, to see if you could have diabetes, was the pencil test. First, Rene took her socks off and put on a blindfold. Then, Aimalohi touched the bottom of Rene’s foot with a pencil point and eraser, and Rene had to say whether she was using the point or the eraser. People with diabetes get nerve damage in their feet and lose feeling there. If you can’t tell the difference or you couldn’t feel it at all, talk to your doctor about getting tested for diabetes.
Dr Oz: At-Home Fitness Test
Finally, the last test was to see how fit Rene was and it was an endurance test. Rene had to jog up the stairs while singing a simple song. Rene jogged up her stairs singing “Old McDonald” and said she felt a little winded, but not terrible, which means she passed!
Dr Oz: Self-Test For Thyroid
If you’re feeling moody, sluggish, and like you can’t lose any weight, you can try the 3-day thyroid temperature test. One woman has gained 40 pounds in the last few years and is feeling tired all of the time. Dr Oz explained that in a certain way, the thyroid gland controls almost everything in the body. What many people don’t know is tha your thyroid regulates your body temperature.
Every morning for three days, before you get out of bed, you need to take you temperature. That’s called your basal resting temperature. Ideally, your temperature would be between 97.8 and 98.2. If your average temperature is below 97.8, it would concern Dr Oz.
Dr Oz: Longevity Self-Test + Sitting Rising Test
Next, Dr Oz shared what many experts are calling the best test to predict how long you will live. The self-test for longevity is also known as the sitting rising test. Cross your feet and slowly lower yourself to the ground, then get back up without using your hands or knees. The better your overall fitness level and health is, the easier the test is to do.
I tried this test myself and struggled a little bit but made it up without using my knees and hands. Give it a try! Were you able to do it? If you’ve struggled, try incorporating squats into your fitness routine to strengthen your hips and legs, and improve your health.