Dr. Oz discussed fibroid surgery and Jorge Cruise's carb-cycling diet on the Feb. 19 episode of the Dr. Oz Show ("The Truth About Fibroids: Do You Need Surgery?").
As many as 3 out of 4 women develop fibroids at some point, but are unaware because they have no major symptoms.
Dr. Oz said fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop on the uterine wall and can range in size from a grape to a watermelon. The larger the fibroids, the more severe the symptoms will be.
The symptoms of fibroids include the following:
- Weight gain
- Heavy bleeding
- Back pain
- Pelvic pressure pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Diminished sex drive.
Dr. Oz's guest was obstetrician Dr. Jessica Shepherd. Dr. Shepherd noted that up to 80 percent of African-American women develop uterine fibroids at some point.
Dr. Oz said women have mistakenly been told for years that a hysterectomy is the best way to treat fibroids. But Dr. Shepherd said you can treat fibroids through diet without resorting to surgery.
She said a low-fat, low-glycemic diet that excludes soda, white bread, red meat and white rice can ease fibroid symptoms. The best diet for managing fibroids is one that is rich in vitamin D and includes plenty of leafy green vegetables, eggs, milk, and citrus fruit like oranges and lemons.
Jorge Cruise: Carb Cycling Promotes Weight Loss & Happy Hormones
On a separate segment of his show, Dr. Oz spoke with fitness expert Jorge Cruise, who said you can lose weight, melt belly fat and alleviate wild mood swings by following a carb-cycling diet.
Cruise, author of Happy Hormones, Slim Belly, said you can lose 7 pounds in one week and consistently shed 2 pounds every week after that by eating low-carb for two days a week and high-carb the other five days.
Cruise told Dr. Oz his diet works with — not against — women's natural cravings for carbs. Cruise previously revealed how you can use carb cycling to lose 18 pounds in two weeks on The 100 diet.
Cruise said carbs give women the serotonin boost they need to even out their hormones, so cycling carbs not only promotes weight loss, but makes you happier:
- On the low-carb days, consume no more than 100 sugar calories.
- On the high-carb days, eat no more than 500 sugar calories a day.
- Substitute all flours with low-carb flours like coconut flour, almond flour, and flaxseed flour.
Dr. Oz said the carb cycling diet is good for women in their late-30s to mid-50s because they suffer dramatic hormone swings both during menopause and in the 15 years leading up to it.