Dr. Oz's 9 to 5 Day Planner

Achieve results by tracking change. On the left side of this 9 to 5 Day Planner, write down the food you would eat according to your old diet. On the right side, write down the Dr. Oz-approved foods you’re eating now as part of your new-and-improved diet. Plan ahead and prepare your meals in advance. Make sure to eat at regular intervals – don’t starve; fuel your body every 2-3 hours. Be diligent and be vigilant of everything you eat. Note how your new diet makes you feel. More energized? Slimmer? Happier? Positive changes will help you stay motivated. Get started!

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Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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