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Dr. Oz: Three Health Problems Plaguing Tampa Residents


The city of Tampa got a health check Thursday morning from none other than Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Tampa was just one of several stops on the list for the "Dr. Oz Show," a popular health program syndicated and broadcast nationwide.

Oz met with only a handful of contest winners, but volunteers at the Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute checked each person's blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and waist size according to Tampa Bay Online.

Around 700 people were given 15 minute physicals and around 2,300 people completed a 40-question health questionnaire.

From the data collected, Oz came to a few conclusions about the health of Tampa Bay.

1. Diabetes results were high. 46%of the participants tested pre-diabetic or diabetic. Only 9% of patients self-reported that diagnosis before the test.

2. Forty-three percent of participants had normal blood pressure; 26 were borderline high, and 29 percent were hypertensive.

3. One third of the participants were found to be obese. Another third was overweight.

Also, Tampa residents hit the gym less frequently than other cities Oz visited. Survey results show that 53% of residents exercise fewer than three times a week.

And they don’t eat as many fruits and vegetables – two or fewer servings a day.

Oz said he is most curious about how diabetes and pre-diabetes is affecting the city's residents.

The results for all of the cities visited by Dr. Oz will be featured in the upcoming season.

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