Brenda, a 48-year-old single mother, is the first to admit that she had an unhealthy lifestyle. "I ate a lot of sugar. A lot of junk food. I do not exercise," she says.
Brenda says she received a major wake-up call when she started having heart palpitations while driving in the car with her daughter. "At the time in which this was going on, I thought I was going to die," she says.
After running a biophysical on Brenda, Dr. Oz found that on top of being anemic and vitamin D deficient, Brenda had a thyroid problem. "Your thyroid levels were the worst they had ever seen," he says. "You weren't making any at all. That actually was leading to your muscle literally breaking down." Dr. Oz says this may have caused Brenda's heart palpitations. "Over and over again, especially in women, we see the thyroid gland not functioning correctly. And when it happens in the severe nature, you actually fall apart. And your heart muscle, which is one of the muscles, can also stop."
Since Brenda has been following the YOU: Staying Young plan, she says she is feeling much better. "I'm better able to handle stress, I work out regularly and I'm not as tired," she says.
Dr. Oz stresses the importance of taking care of thyroid problems by having your thyroid levels checked. "It's one of the key blood tests you have to get on yourself," he says.
Lisa also went on Dr. Oz's anti-aging plan for eight weeks to help treat her fibromyalgia, which is a chronic syndrome that can cause symptoms like pain and fatigue. "Seven years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I have been on a gamut of medication," she says. "It would work for a few days, maybe a few weeks, and I would be in constant pain—my neck, my back, my arms, my legs."
Since then, Lisa has been following Dr. Oz's advice and working with a doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia. "About a week after I was on the supplements and walking, I could feel my body is warming," Lisa says. "I have energy. In fact, I have so much energy I have to kind of put a little reserve on because I'm back to being better than what I was before."
"I hope a lot of the audience members' eyes [are open] now to a problem that afflicts 8 million Americans," Dr. Oz says. "You don't have to live with that agony."
Maureen says she had a serious problem with her energy level. "I had brain fog to the point where I could not concentrate or focus on the tasks and duties. Just simple things at home—helping my daughter with her homework—and definitely the career and the job."
Dr. Oz discovered that Maureen was anemic. "You've got to check your blood count," he says. "That's one of the tests you've got to get, no matter how you get it done."
By following Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen's anti-aging plan for eight weeks, Maureen receives the good news that she has brought up her low levels of iron. "Now I have more energy and I'm able to handle the day-to-day things," she says.
Wendy says she has a demanding life as a full-time college student with three kids. "Instead of learning how to cope with it, I got short with my children and my husband, and you don't want to be like that," she says.
After Wendy had her biophysical, Dr. Oz found out her stress was caused by a larger problem. "She had the shortest telomeres they had ever measured," he says.
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"Part of it was external stress. But we also uncovered something that was inside of you," Dr. Oz tells Wendy. "You have celiac disease—you have a gluten allergy. So wheat products were actually waging civil war inside your intestines."
Dr. Oz says it's important to note that celiac disease and other forms of chronic inflammation can age us. "And a lot of us don't realize this, but when we have chronic inflammation—whether it's gingivitis or prostatitis, vaginitis—any of these chronic inflammatory conditions actually age us because we start having a second front of defense in addition to trying to live in the real world."
After trying the anti-aging plan for eight weeks, Wendy says she is already noticing a change. "I've learned how to really handle my stress, and my kids have noticed and my husband's noticed and I feel better about it," she says. "I just feel like I can handle my day better."
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