The Doctors: BFH Best Friends for Health Bracelets
The Doctors TV show debuted their best friends for health, “BFH” bracelets, and everyone in the audience was wearing one for a family member or friend with a medical condition.
Dr. Travis Stork said that having a “bestie” can not only improve your social life, but your health, too. Being around your friends can decrease your cortisol stress levels, which could help you lose that “muffin top.” Increased cortisol is linked to belly fat, insomnia and a weakened immune system.
The Drs: Joseph Katz and Al Spiegel’s 90-Year Friendship
Research has shown that people who have the most friends over a nine year period cut their risk of death by 60%.
Joseph Katz and Al Spiegel have been friends for over 90 years. The New York natives became friends when they were children, and are celebrating their 100th birthday. They said that if you have a problem with your friend, you should get it off your chest and then move on from it.
The Doctors: Kellie Pickler Shaved Her Head for Friend Summer
Country singer Kellie Pickler shaved her head recently to support her childhood best friend, Summer, who has breast cancer. Kellie said that Summer and her family have always been there for her, and now it’s her turn to be there for Summer.
Summer was told by other women who have had cancer that it’s better to shave your head before you start chemotherapy, instead of waking up with hair all over your pillow. Dr. Lisa Masterson said that losing your hair is one of the most difficult things to go through, and she watched her mother struggle with this when she had breast cancer.
Summer and Kellie were supposed to appear on The Doctors to talk about early detection, but Summer is still going through chemotherapy. The great news is that she is cancer free!
The Drs TV: How to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Summer was diagnosed when she was 35, which is five years younger than the recommended mammogram age of 40. Dr. Masterson recommended losing weight, exercising, drinking less alcohol and quitting smoking to reduce your breast cancer risk. She said that smokers have a 16% higher risk of breast cancer than non-smokers.
Dr. Andrew Ordon said that a lot of women find something in their breast and don’t go to the doctor because they’re scared of everything they’ll have to go through and don’t want to lose their breast. He said you can’t be scared, and as a reconstructive surgeon he knows there are doctors out there that will be able to make you whole again. Check out Summer and Kellie’s story in the video below.