Issue No. 17
Dr. Oz on Managing Your HealthDate: July 18, 2012
“Many people think of health care as being about diagnosis and treatment at the doctor’s office and the hospital,” says Mehmet Oz, M.D. “But really, much of what needs to happen for longer, healthier lives is about the lifestyle changes we can all make in between visits to the doctor.”
Oz is the Emmy-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show and the co-creator of Sharecare, a Web-based, interactive Q&A platform that enables consumers to access quality health care information from trusted sources, including Johns Hopkins Medicine. He is aware of all that specialized, high-tech medicine can deliver to patients who have serious health challenges. But he prefers to focus on what we can do ourselves, backed by strong primary care medicine.
Oz has several main recommendations for taking daily preventive care into our own hands to reduce the risks of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other disorders, as well as to slow down the ill effects of aging. Among them: eating an assortment of fruits and vegetables, exercising, managing stress and sleeping better. “When we engage in healthier habits, some of the positive effects start taking hold right away,” Oz says. “And when we keep them up, they continue to pay off for a lifetime.”
Getting good primary care is an important part of the picture, he adds. “It’s not only that we need to see someone who’s trained to catch early signs of problems when they’re most easily treatable,” he explains. “It’s also having a caregiver who can listen to you, address your concerns and spend the time to help get you on the right path to taking care of yourself.”
These are keys, Oz says, to enjoying a longer, healthier life.
You can find answers to thousands of medical questions, as well as tools and tips for healthy living, from Johns Hopkins experts and others at sharecare.com, a website designed to simplify your search for quality information on health and wellness topics.