Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke to “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes about her pulmonary embolism, her health and toxic friendships on the Dr. Oz Show.
Leakes is doing well after being hospitalized for blood clots in her lungs in November 2013. NeNe takes daily medication for her blood clots but never found out exactly what had caused them.
During a previous visit to the Dr. Oz Show, Leakes revealed she woke up one morning with shooting pains on her side and near her breast. An X-ray and CT scan later revealed NeNe had several blood clots in her lung, which was partially collapsed.
Dr. Oz said pulmonary embolisms (or blockages of an artery in the lung) can be deadly, and told NeNe she was lucky to be alive.
Pulmonary embolisms occur when blood circulation is cut off due to inactivity or prolonged sitting. NeNe travels a lot and sits for long periods of time during her flights. Leakes’ doctor said her extensive airplane travel contributed to her blood clots.
As a result of her embolism concerns, Leakes did not accompany her “Real Housewives of Atlanta” co-stars on a recent trip to the Philippines. NeNe was worried the 19-hour flight may have caused another blood clot.
Blood clots usually start in the leg, travel up to a person’s heart and then to her lungs. You can prevent blood clots by not sitting for long periods, following a healthy diet, and exercising — all of which Leakes now does.
Leakes looks fantastic after losing 20 pounds last year with a portion-controlled diet and regular workouts that included interval training and yoga.
Yoga promotes weight loss by reducing stress, building lean muscles and suppressing appetite, Jennifer Aniston’s yoga teacher, Mandy Ingber, told me in an exclusive interview. Ingber, who does yoga with Aniston three days a week, is the author of Yogalosophy.
NeNe maintains her weight loss by avoiding soda and late-night snacking. “I like being a curvy girl.
I’m not trying to starve myself. I didn’t count calories or carbs.
I do portion control when trying to lose weight.”
Finally, Leakes discussed the importance of eliminating toxic relationships from your life, saying toxic friends or family members can make you physically and emotionally sick. NeNe had a huge falling-out with her “RHOA” co-star Cynthia Bailey last season and the two have not made up since then.
On a recent episode of “RHOA,” Cynthia said not having the toxic relationship she previously had with NeNe in her life has made her happier in every way.