New Year Reminds Some to Focus on Health

ABC News' Dr. Jennifer Ashton reports the latest health news.
2:22 | 01/01/17

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Now is the time of year when people think about their health. Lots of us get ready to make it a top priority. Joining us with her own medical forecast, the things she's looking for in 2017, ABC news chief women's health correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. Happy new year. What's the number one health trend you're looking at going forward? I think it has to be women's health, Dan. I think in 2017 we really need to broaden our horizons as to what we actually think that is composed of. We're not talking reproductive health. We're talking breast cancer, menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome. We need to make this a mission as a country. The fact of the matter is our world ranking in maternal child health is abysmal. I think that has to start with not just more access but better delivery and better health literacy. We need to know a lot more about how our bodies work. Now, there are other things you're looking at as we head into the new year. One has to do with aging. Right. Now, I think you said it perfectly. It's aging, not anti-aging and I would say it's really longevity. No accredited specialty of anti-aging medicine. People need to proceed with caution when they see a doctor that says I'm going to promise you a fountain of youth. Metaphormin has been out for decades and there's promising research about its affects of anti-cancer and animal studies by 20b%. That's the drug to keep your eye on. That medication is going to get a lot of attention. The final area you want to discuss was stress and mental health. It's all about the brain, Dan. You talk about it a lot. Not just about stress. Mental illness. Traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's disease. This is an area we will be hearing more about, the brain and how it affects our entire lives in 2017. Said by a woman who met tats daily. Absolutely. We appreciate it. You both met Tate. Two more reasons I should.

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