Dr. Oz's New Health Rules

Learn more about Dr. Oz’s new health rules.

Dr. Oz's New Health Rules

Whether it’s exercising for 150 minutes a week or keeping your blood pressure at 120/80, it seems like health marches to a series of rules we’re always trying to conform to. Fortunately, Dr. Oz has made a few of them simpler and more meaningful to help you take back control of your health. Learn about the new health rules you’ll love.

Take Your Pulse

Old rule: You need an EKG to get the rhythm of your heart and find out if anything’s wrong.

New rule: Take your pulse for 60 seconds every day and feel for irregularity. Your pulse should clock off beats like a metronome with a regular interval between each. If you notice that the beats are irregular, you might have a heart condition called atrial fibrillation and you should see your doctor.

Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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