It may be the organ you thought you didn't need, but Dr. Oz reveals why the spleen is vital to your immunity.

Tips to keep your spleen healthy:

  1. If you have pain in your upper left quadrant (where the spleen is located) have it checked out.
  2. Wear a seat belt to prevent splenic injuries during car accidents.
  3. Eat dark chocolate. The flavonoids boost the immune system and help the spleen respond to infections in your body.
  4. Include foods rich in vitamin B6, like potatoes to keep your spleen and immune system healthy.

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How to Safely Make Lifestyle Changes With Type 2 Diabetes

Gain control of your disease while still protecting your heart

If you're overweight or obese and have type 2 diabetes, a new study reveals how to make lifestyle changes that will help you safely gain control of your disease and still protect your heart.

Researchers published a study in Diabetes Care that took a second — and more in-depth — look at data from the NIH's Look AHEAD study. They found that for 85% of people in that study, lifestyle interventions that triggered weight loss and increased physical activity reduced potential cardiovascular problems. Such lifestyle interventions also help reduce the risks for diabetes, dementia and some cancers and strengthen the immune system.

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