Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fibers, and are a good choice. However, I always tell my patients, especially those with diabetes, to add some kind of protein source to oatmeal for breakfast. Almonds are a time-honored option.
DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband had a quadruple heart bypass in 2012. He continually experiences discomfort, numbness and pain along the area of the scar on both sides. He also is bothered wearing his shirt when it touches this area. He is in good health otherwise. Is there anything you could suggest for relief? — S.K.
ANSWER: The description of his symptoms tells me that this is very likely to be pain from neuropathy — damage to one or more nerves. This is not uncommon after bypass surgery. In one study, 15% had neuropathy with persistent pain and numbness. It seems to be more common when the surgeon uses the internal mammary