DALLAS — Heart surgeon and TV talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz was in Dallas on Thursday, putting his medical expertise to use during a screening event at the Baylor Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute.
He may have saved one woman's life.
When Leslie Sharp signed up for the health screening, she never imagined the physician taking her blood pressure would be Dr. Oz himself.
Sharp is principal at a Dallas school who told us beforehand she is in good health.
But statistics show that residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the Baylor center are three times more likely to die from diabetes than other Dallas residents.
Diabetes is one of Dr. Oz's causes. "It's a massive problem that literally is chipping away at the inside linings of our bodies," he said. "How do we get ahead of it? Losing just 10 pounds. It's a crazily small number, but if you lose 10 pounds and you weigh less than 200 pounds, you halve the incidence of diabetes."
Losing 10 pounds is just the beginning of what Dr. Oz advised for Leslie Sharp.
"You're hypertensive — and not just borderline; 160 over 120 is too high for me, it's too high for you," he said. "People have strokes at those numbers. So we're going to have to get on it. Even worse, you've become a diabetic. You put those two together, it's a recipe for disaster."
It was sobering and unexpected news from a doctor this principal promises has now changed her life.
"It's almost like if Dr. Oz is telling you, then it's something you need to do," she said. "And I will."
Watch "The Dr. Oz Show" weekday afternoons at 3 o'clock on WFAA Channel 8.