Dr. Mehmet Oz examined whether hysterectomies to remove uterine fibroids can spread cancer, and discussed fitness tips with “Extreme Weight Loss” star Chris Powell on the Sept. 24 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz said startling new research suggests that hysterectomies using a device called a morcellator can actually spread cancer. Fibroids are the No. 1 reason women get hysterectomies.
Fibroids are noncancerous tumors that develop on the uterine wall and can range in size from a grape to a watermelon. The fibroid-removal hysterectomy typically involves a minimally invasive procedure called morcellation, which uses a device called a morcellator.
That device was recently pulled off the market amid concerns it could spread hidden uterine cancer. Dr. Oz said 10 percent of hysterectomies use morcellation, and one out of every 368 women who got a hysterectomy to remove fibroids was later diagnosed with cancer.
Oz said the popularity of the morcellator is troubling because one in three women will have to make a decision about getting a hysterectomy at some point in her life. Dr. Oz’s guests were Dr. Larry Kaiser, dean of the Temple University School of Medicine and chief of Temple University Hospital, and Dr. Enrique Hernandez, chief of the OB-GYN Department at Temple.
Dr. Kaiser banned the morcellation procedure at Temple Hospital, making it the first hospital in the country to take this stance. While most of the OB-GYN community says morcellation does not spread cancer, Drs. Kaiser and Hernandez stand by their decision to ban the procedure.
Dr. Oz also spoke to a woman named Sarah, who got a hysterectomy using the morcellation procedure to treat her uterine fibroids. She was diagnosed with cancer afterward and said the disease has cut her life short. “I’m going to prematurely die from this cancer,” she said before a stunned, silent studio audience.
5-Minute Workouts and Carb Cycling Diet for Weight Loss
On a separate segment, Dr. Oz welcomed fitness expert Chris Powell, star of “Extreme Weight Loss.” Powell, who has helped hundreds of people lose thousands of pounds over the years, said it’s important to keep exercising, even if it’s only for short bursts of time.
Powell, author of Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution, said working out not only makes weight loss easier, but keeps your muscles strong and prevents injury. Exercise has many other health benefits, including preventing depression, anxiety, heart disease and diabetes.
Chris said many people beat themselves up when they fall off the exercise bandwagon, but said it’s important to not get discouraged and start up again if you lapse. Powell said less is more and said doing five minutes of exercise is better than doing nothing.
He recommended stretching and sneaking in five-minute cardio sessions whenever you can. Also, you can still get in a workout at home by doing sofa squats, where you stand up from a seated position without using your hands. You can also do light crunches while lying down on your couch and do push-ups against the back of your sofa.
Chris previously told Dr. Oz he’s not a fan of low carb diets, saying they work in the short term but can backfire over the long haul, resulting in stalled weight loss or rebound weight gain.
Instead, Powell advocates carb cycling, or alternating between days of high-carb intake and low-carb intake, to keep your body guessing and your metabolism fired up.
On his carb cycling diet plan, you can eat 1,200 calories on a low carb day, 1,500 calories on a high-carb day and up to 2,400 calories on a cheat day.
His Choose to Lose carb cycling diet menu includes the following:
- Eat five meals.
- Eat a high-carb breakfast that includes both protein and carbs within 30 minutes of waking.
- Eat your remaining four meals, either high-carb or low-carb, every three hours.
- Drink a gallon of water a day.