Ask Dr. Oz: Post Op #36 - New York News

Ask Dr. Oz: Post Op #36

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An audience member with Type 2 Diabetes asks Dr. Oz why she has painful sensations of pins and needles in her feet. (Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic disease marked by high levels of sugar/glucose in the blood).

Dr. Oz explains that the audience member’s pain is due to Peripheral Neuropathy (a problem with the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord). Dr. Oz states that the sugar molecules passing through the nerves are like glass, scraping-off the lining of the nerve walls. Dr. Oz compares the nerve to a cable carrying electricity; if the cable cracks, then you have short circuiting. In this case, the short circuiting is the painful sensation of pins and needles.

Dr. Oz suggests temporary remedies of B vitamins, B12 injections, topical anesthetics, and diet control. Exercise also helps treat Type 2 Diabetes.

Dr. Oz also notes, that typically when there is a nerve issue, if the issue persists on both sides, it is most likely a systematic problem. When the nerve issue persists on one side, it tends to be related to spinal cord problems.

An audience member had her eyebrows fall-out a couple years ago, and she is now losing hair on her head. She asks Dr. Oz if there is a connection to the hair loss in both regions.

Dr. Oz explains that the life expectancy in eyebrow hair is different than the hair on one’s head. He also states that some hair loss might be a result of hormone, thyroid, or iron issues. Dr. Oz suggests that the audience member’s hair’s life expectancy might be shortening, and he also states that about 40% of women experience some balding in their lifetime.

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