Health Quiz on 'The Dr. Oz Show' points out Symptoms and Signs of more Serious Medical Conditions

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(Best Syndication News) - On today’s ‘The Dr. Oz Show’, Dr. Oz had a quiz asking ‘How Healthy Are You?’ He said sometimes we take our health for granted. Working with a panel of medical doctors Oz came up with this questionnaire. Doctors say that there are warning signs that happen before a big health problems occur and Doctor Oz wanted people to be aware of these signs. He gave the viewers and the audience a questionnaire that a panel of doctors helped to put together.

Here are the Questions asked on the show:

1. Do you wake up more than twice a night?

If you answer Yes give yourself 1 point, if No 0 points

Carol Ash DO is a sleep medicine specialist that was on Doctor Oz’s panel of experts on the show today. She explained that you need an average of 8 hours of sleep at night. If you have chronic lack or disrupted sleep you are at risk for developing diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Lack of sleep can also impair your immune system. Additionally, not having enough good sleep at night can interrupt your thinking and can cause daytime accidents.

2. Have you skipped a pap smear in the last three years?

Yes 2 points, No 0 points

Evelyn Minaya, MD is a Gynecologist and she said that cervical cancer is preventable. However, only if you get your pap smears on a regular schedule. If you procrastinate, you could miss the precancerous cells that are treatable.

3. Do you think about sex less than once a day?

Yes 2 points, No 0 points

Dr. Minaya explained that a lack of libido could signal that a women is menopausal. It could also be related to heart disease.

4. Have you ignored examining the skin between your toes?

Yes 2 points, No 0 points

Jeanine Downie MD is a Dermatologist who said that people should be on the lookout for unusual moles even between the toes. Melanoma kills a person every 62 minutes. The dermatologist have a ABCDE evaluation of the moles, which stands for A – Assymetry, B – Border, C - Color, D - Diameter, and E - Elevated. She suggests having a board certified dermatologist to check your skin once a year even if you do not have any skin cancer problems. She also said not to use tanning equipment because it will increase your risk for skin cancer.

5. Do you have trouble remembering the last five presidents?

Yes 2 points, No 0 points

P. Murali Doraiswamy, MD is a Psychiatrist and he said that using the presidents question helps to test your current knowledge and your memory. What they are looking for is a change. If you never knew the presidents and still do not know them, there really was not a change. However, if you have known them well in the past, but have recent trouble remembering the presidents, this could be a sign of early Alzheimer’s.

6. Do you miss bowel movements on some days?

Yes 3 points, No 0 points

Robynne Chutkan, MD, is a Gastroenerologist that explained the importance of a regular bowel movement. She said that the toxins, chemicals, and bacteria, in the stool remain longer in the body. This can expose the body to unwanted things. She continued to explain that missing or delayed bowel movements can be a sign of an underactive thyroid or colon cancer. One bowel movement a day is ideal she said. Regular bowel movements are a sign of good health.

7. Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth?

Yes 3 points, No 0 points

Jonathan Levine, DDS, is a Cosmetic Dentist. He said that if you have inflammation in the mouth, the gums are going to get inflamed. This inflammation in the mouth can increase the risk for developing cardiovascular disease. He said that to get healthy gums depends a lot on how well we brush and floss.

8. Has the smell of your breath changed recently?

Yes 10 points, No 0 points

Dr. Chutkan said changes in the way breath smells can be a warning sign of either liver disease or diabetes. The reason is that the body cannot get rid of the byproducts and then the lungs exhale them. Diabetes can cause the breath to have a fruity odor. A change in the odor of the breath can be a sign of another problem.

9. Have you gone up more than 2 pants sizes in the last 5 years?

Yes 10 points, No 0 points

Dr. David Katz Md. Said a man’s waist should be measure less than 40 inches. He said women gain about 20 pounds to go up two pants sizes typically. Dr. Katz said that gaining weight around the middle increases the risk for developing insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. Both of which will increase the risk for diabetes.

10. Have you fainted or come close to fainting recently?

Yes 10 points, No 0 points

Dr. Oz said that fainting could be related to a heart arrhythmia because the blood is not pumping properly. The low blood pressure can slow the blood flow to the brain. If the blood does not deliver oxygen to the brain you could become faint. Dr. Oz said that a person should consult with a doctor after a fainting spell to make sure that the problem is not serious. Sometimes the fainting symptom is all there is and if not addressed the person could die he warns.

11. Have you lost more than 10 pounds in six months unintentionally?

Yes 15 points, No 0 points

Dr. Marisa Weiss, MD., said that if you lost weight over the last six months without trying it might be cancer. Cancer can make substances in the body that could make you lose your appetite. Other reasons for weight loss without trying are an over-active thyroid, or anxiety.

The Quiz results:

Add up your points to get a grand total if you have 1-9 points you are generally healthy. However if you are 10 points and higher you are not healthy. Dr. Oz said that he would like to see everyone with a score of 0 points. He said that there are a few things such as the Pap smear that can be done as prevention before it is ever a health problem.

Dr. Oz said that out of these 11 questions, the most concerning things that should get a person to seek prompt medical attention is the smell of your breath changing, fainting, or coming close to fainting, or weight changes in either direction.

By: Marsha Quinn

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