Holiday Cooking for Dietary Restrictions

Hosting a party can be stressful when you're not sure what to cook for guests with special dietary needs. Whether your guest is diabetic, gluten-free, vegetarian, pescetarian or vegan, Dr. Oz has you covered.

Holiday Cooking for Dietary Restrictions

Hosting a party is stressful when you're not sure what to cook for guests with special dietary needs – especially since you want everyone to leave happy and full. Whether your guest is diabetic, gluten-free, vegetarian, pescetarian or vegan, Dr. Oz has you covered.

Diabetics


For friends and family watching their blood sugar, try these diabetes-friendly dishes.

Cauliflower No-Mash Potatoes
Bunless Quinoa Lamb Burgers with Curry Ketchup
Baked Chicken Cornflake Nuggets
Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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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