Dr. Oz Talks About How African American Women Have Increased Risk For Fibroids and Diet To Reduce Risks
Today (February 19, 2014) Dr. Oz talked about a medical condition that affects nearly half of all women in this country. African American women are at an even greater risk for fibroids. Dr. Oz talks about what fibroids are, if surgery is necessary to remove them, and how concerned you should be.
What Exactly Are Fibroids?
Dr. Oz explained to the audience that fibroids are noncancerous tumors that can grow very large. Dr. Oz said that the fibroids usually begin in the uterus and can grow to the size of a melon! Dr. Oz said that many people have fibroids and don’t even know it. For many women, there aren’t any noticeable symptoms but others will notice symptoms like heavy bleeding and/or pain in the pelvic area.
For a long time, a hysterectomy was a common solution for fibroids. Fortunately, this has since changed with the addition of more advanced and non invasive procedures. Today they are using diet and hormone therapy depending on your particular situation.
Types of Fibroids
Dr. Jessica Shepherd appeared on Dr. Oz to explain what the different types of Fibroids are. She said that there are asymptomatic and symptomatic fibroids. While some women experience uncomfortable and even painful symptoms, other women live their life without even knowing that they have a problem. Fibroids can be very small or as large as a watermelon. The larger the fibroids grow, the more likely that you will experience unpleasant symptoms.
Is Surgery Necessary
Dr. Jessica Shepherd said that in most cases surgery isn’t necessary. Making changes to your diet can help. She said to avoid high glycemic and fatty foods like :
- White rice
- White bread
- Red meat
Foods that you should eat :
- Foods high in Vitamin D
- Citrus fruit
- Green leafy veggies
Why Are African American Women At Greater Risk For Fibroids
Up to 80% of African American women develop fibroids by the time that they are 50 years old. Why are African American women at much higher risk? Dr. Jessica Shepherd said that they are at a higher risk because they often deficient in Vitamin D. This is why eating Vitamin D rich foods is important for women, and especially important for African American women.
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