Dr. Oz Shares Childhood Pic with Mom after Admitting Guilt over Missing Her Alzheimer's Signs

Dr. Mehmet Oz posted a childhood picture of himself with his mother, Suna Oz, after revealing she has Alzheimer's disease and that he failed to see the signs. 

The cardiac surgeon and host of "The Dr. Oz Show" captioned the Instagram photo:

"Yesterday I shared my mom's story. Now it's about you. What can you do to reduce your #Alzheimers risk?"

Mehmet Oz at Capitale on December 12, 2018 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Mehmet Oz at Capitale on December 12, 2018 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

In his post, Dr. Oz, 59, also discussed five things to focus on — Try daily exercise w/interval training for brief spurts, Meditate to protect against stress, Take B complex with 500mg B12 and 800mg folic acid daily, Consume DHA Omega-3 fatty acid — 600mg daily, and Reduce waist size.

Meanwhile, a lot of his fans added their thoughts via comments, with one saying:

"I just have to mention how much Daphne Oz looks like her Grandma. When I saw a picture of Dr Oz's mother when she was young, they look so much alike."

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Mom ❤️ It was painful to admit that her health was declining, but doing so allowed us to get her help as soon as possible. You have the power to speak up and say something if you suspect any Alzheimer’a symptoms in a loved one. Doing so may be uncomfortable, but it just might help slow down the progression in someone you love. . There are 6 early Alzheimer’s symptoms you should never ignore like I did: (1) Challenges in planning (2) Difficulties completing tasks (3) Confusing time and place (4) Problems with words (5)Trouble understanding visuals (6) Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps . Visit the link in my bio to read my mom’s story. . . . #❤️❤️ #love #endalz #family #mom #droz

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In February, Dr. Oz's father, Mustafa, passed away at 93 years old. And recently, he revealed his mother, Suna, 81, has Alzheimer's disease.

"Hearing the official diagnosis was devastating," he wrote on his website. "But just as painful for me was the realization that the signs were there all along — I had just been overlooking them."

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I recently found out that my mom, Suna, has Alzheimer’s disease. Hearing the official diagnosis was devastating. But just as painful for me was the realization that the signs were there all along — I had just been overlooking them. . When my mom’s stubbornness increased, I simply blamed it on her getting older. My sister noticed she started doing her makeup differently for the first time in 60 years, but kept it to herself. When my mom started giving some of her belongings away to people she barely knew, I thought she was just trying to lighten her load following my father’s passing. But these seemingly subtle changes were in fact the first indicators of Alzheimer’s. . It was painful to admit that my mother’s health was declining, but doing so allowed us to get her help as soon as possible. You have the power to speak up and say something if you suspect any of the above symptoms in a loved one. Doing so may be uncomfortable, but it just might help slow down the Alzheimer’s progression in someone you love. Visit the link in my bio to read my mom’s story, and to learn the 6 early symptoms you should never ignore. . . . #endalz #mom #❤❤ #love #droz

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Symptoms of early-stage Alzheimer's include agitation, losing things, trouble in finishing tasks, and struggling to follow or participate in a discussion, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

And Dr. Oz said that his mom showed these indications. In an interview with PEOPLE, he explained:

"If the right word was, 'You look beautiful today,' she would use, 'You look pretty prettier today.' [Her] stubbornness transitioned from just her being an opinionated person to, 'Hey, that's dangerous medically. I can't let you do that.'"

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Yesterday I shared my mom’s story. Now it’s about you. What can you do to reduce your #Alzheimers risk? On @todayshow this morning I discussed 5 things to focus on: . Try daily exercise w/interval training for brief spurts: Scientists have found that 6 weeks of intense exercise — short bouts of High Intensity Interval Training(HIIT) — showed significant improvements in what is known as high-interference memory. . Meditate to protect against stress: Research has demonstrated that high levels of chronic stress negatively impact the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory and learning and are associated with increased incidence of MCI and Alzheimer’s. . Take B complex with 500mg B12 and 800mg folic acid daily: High levels of vitamin B12 in the blood are already known to help reduce levels of homocysteine, a chemical found to increase your risk of Alzheimer’s. . Consume DHA Omega-3 fatty acid — 600mg daily: A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed a correlation between lower omega-3 fatty acid levels and reduced brain blood flow to regions important for learning, memory, depression and dementia. . Reduce waist size: A study in the Journal Neurology studied the brains of nearly 10K people with an average age of 55. Those with a high BMI were more likely to have a smaller brain volume. People with a high BMI and a high hip-to-waist ratio had less gray matter. . . . #EndAlz #❤️❤️ #lovemom #throwback #droz #todayshow

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Dr. Oz noted that the birth of his granddaughter, for example, didn't appear to register with his mom.

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