Quick Fixes to Prevent the Diseases You Fear Most

Dr. Oz reveals his quick fixes for the diseases you fear most: diabetes, cancer, heart attack and stroke.

Quick Fixes to Prevent the Diseases You Fear Most

It’s never been easier than now to save your own life. These simple, revolutionary steps serve as quick fixes to arm your body against the diseases you fear most: diabetes, cancer, heart attack and stroke.

1. Quick Fix for DiabetesFiber and Vinegar Cocktail

Approximately 26 million Americans are living with diabetes. The key to preventing this chronic disease is to keep blood sugar balanced. Avoid the rollercoaster ride of blood sugar highs and lows with Dr. Oz’s Anti-Diabetes Drink:


Fiber and Vinegar Cocktail

8 oz water

4 tsp of white or red wine vinegar

1 tsp psyllium husk fiber, such as Metamucil

Both the vinegar and fiber in the drink will help slow the absorption of sugar. Plus the vinegar works as an appetite suppressant, while the fiber will help you feel full. You’ll stave off hunger, which will help prevent weight gain; obesity is often tied to diabetes. Drink this cocktail every day before dinner to prevent sugar spikes and crashes.

2. Quick Fix for Cancer: Grape Seed Extract

Fight back against the second leading cause of death: cancer. Full of antioxidants, grape seed extracthelps protect your cells from free radicals, which can damage cells. Lab studies have also shown that grape seed extract may help prevent breast and colon cancer. Click here to learn more about other cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Women over 40 can take 200mg of grape seed extract daily, available online or in health food stores for about $10.

3. Quick Fix for Heart Attacks: 2 Baby Aspirin Before Bed

Heart disease ranks as the leading cause of death. To help prevent a heart attack, get into the habit of taking two baby aspirin (81mg each) before bed. Here’s why: In the morning, your blood is stickier and moves at its slowest pace. This makes you more vulnerable to clotting, which can lead to a heart attack. In fact, 25% of heart attacks occur within three hours of waking. By taking a baby aspirin at night, you’ll wake up with thinner blood that flows more easily to help prevent blockages in your arteries. To learn more about preventig a heart attack, click here.  


4. Quick Fix for Strokes: White Fruits and Veggies

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, which is caused by high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a hardening of the arteries. A groundbreaking new study found that eating lots of fruits and vegetables with white flesh could protect against strokes. Go for cauliflower, mushrooms, bananas, cucumbers, apples and pears. These fruits contain powerful antioxidants that may help bring down blood pressure and lower cholesterol. To calculate your stroke risk, click here.

Dr. Oz’s Quick Fixes in a Bottle

If you have a bad habit you can’t seem to quit, Dr. Oz's quick fixes in a bottle contain super supplements to help counteract your worst vices. 


1. Quick Fix for a Hangover: Milk Thistle

Drinking one glass of alcohol a day is fine, but multiple glasses raise your risk of cancer and heart disease. Remember to always drink in moderation.

For those nights when you celebrate a bit too much, the quick fix is milk thistle. This herbal remedy boosts your livers enzyme function, which helps to detoxify the body from excess alcohol. Thirty minutes before your first drink, take 200mg of milk thistle. If you’ve overindulged, take this same amount as a hangover helper the next day. Purchase milk thistle at drugstores for $5.

2. Quick Fix for a Sweet Tooth: Gymnema Sylvestre

Too much sugar raises insulin levels, which can lead to diabetes, stroke or heart problems. If you have indulged in too many sweets, try gymnema sylvestre, an herb used in ayurvedic medicine. Translated as “sugar destroyer” in Hindi, this natural remedy lowers blood sugar and improves insulin levels. It also makes things taste less sweet, which may help you avoid sugary foods. To use gymnema sylvestre, take 250mg daily. You can find it online or at health food stores for approximately $5.


3. Quick Fix for a Salt Vice: Mistletoe Extract

Too much salt raises blood pressure, which puts added strain on your heart. First, limit salt intake to 1500mg per day – less than 1 teaspoon.

As a quick fix for too much salt, try mistletoe extract, shown to reduce blood pressure and possibly act as a diuretic. Mix 10 drops in a glass of water. Buy online or at health food stores for about $6.

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