- Google has released its annual list of the most-researched health issues of 2018, CNN reported on Friday.
- This year, people were more curious about diet keto, a weight loss program that comes with a long list of pros and cons.
- People were also wondering about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, as well as endometriosis.
Despite the fact that researching your health symptoms is not always the best idea, people regularly scour the Internet for answers to their most important health questions. By 2018, most people sought answers about the ketone diet, ALS and endometriosis, according to the most researched health issues of Google in 2018.
According to CNN, Google released its annual list of health-related queries based on data collected between January and mid-December 2018. The list touched on everything from diet to women's health and the flu.
Here's a look at the health issues that most people were asking in 2018, as well as some tips on the answers.
1. What is the keto diet?
For the second consecutive year, people were wondering about the low-carbohydrate and fat diet that led to weight loss for hundreds of people. As INSIDER reported earlier, the keto diet triggers ketosis, a process in which the liver converts fat into ketones, which the body uses for energy instead of glucose. This not only allows your body to burn fat, but can also help you lose water weight.
In addition to weight loss, the ketone diet can improve your skin, help with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and be used as a treatment protocol for diabetes, as INSIDER has previously reported. But with the pros also comes a list of cons, including short-term weight loss and a series of annoying symptoms summarized as the flu ketone.
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While researching can help you determine if the keto diet is right for you, you should consult your doctor before trying.
2. What is ALS disease?
There are a few reasons why people were curious about ALS, a disease that affects the nervous system by slowly destroying nerve cells over time.
The first occurred when Stephen Hawking died of the disease in May. The physicist should only live a few years after being diagnosed with ALS at age 21, but he lived to be 76.
"I try to lead a life as normal as possible, and not think about my condition, nor do I regret the things that keep me from doing it, which are not many," said Hawking, who had long ago used a wheelchair, on his website . "I was fortunate that my condition has progressed more slowly than is often the case, but this shows that we do not have to give up hope."
Then in December, the first human test for ALS treatment began. The study, according to ALS News Today, is currently enrolling healthy volunteers and eight ALS patients to test the safety of a new drug, AT-1501.
3. What is endometriosis?
This year, several celebrities have spoken openly about their struggles with endometriosis, a disease in which tissues that normally line the uterus grow outside the organ. Stars including Gabrielle Union, Lena Dunham and Halsey spoke specifically about how the disease affected their fertility.
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In addition to celebrity awareness raising, a new treatment for endometriosis was approved in July, which likely led to increased research.
4. How long does the weed remain in your urine?
As more states legalized marijuana in 2018, drug issues were on the rise.
There are several ways in which weeds affect the brain and body and can vary from person to person. How long the drug stays in your system, Healthline reports that the herb stays in your urine for one to 30 days after use, depending on how much and how often you smoke. For daily users, it can be detected up to three months after use.
5. How long does the flu last?
After 80,000 people died of the flu in 2017, it's no wonder people have questions about it. And understandably, people want to know how long it takes for them to know when they can resume a life without a fever.
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Unfortunately, it is impossible to put a specific time period because there are several factors at stake, such as when it was captured, the severity and health of the person. In general, Everyday Health informs that the flu can last from one to two weeks, with symptoms remaining for another week.
6. How long is the flu contagious?
In the same way, people were curious to know how long the flu is contagious. An understandable question if you are trying to prevent others from suffering a similar fate.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza is more contagious in the first three to four days after illness onset. Unfortunately, because the symptoms can start two days after the virus has entered the body, the CDC has observed that it is possible to infect someone before you know it.
In order to keep you and other people free of the virus, the best course of action is to get your flu shot. Because, despite what people say, the flu vaccine does not cause the flu.
7. When does implant bleeding occur?
Those who are pregnant or trying to conceive are probably the ones who ask themselves when implantation bleeding occurs, or mild bleeding. According to the Mayo Clinic, bleeding occurs 10 to 14 days after conception and is one of the first signs of pregnancy.
If you notice mild bleeding while trying to conceive, do not worry. Just consult your doctor and do a check-up – you can come out with good news.
8. Why am I always tired?
The eternal question asked by adults all over the world. Even if you feel that you are getting enough sleep, you may find yourself yawning in the middle of the day and wanting a nap. Unfortunately, there is not just one answer to that question.
If you find that you are more tired than usual, it is worth consulting a doctor. Constantly feeling tired can be a sign of a number of health problems including vitamin deficiency, poor diet and more.
9. How is heartburn?
Heartburn occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, so you can imagine just how unpleasant it should feel. According to the Cleveland Clinic, heartburn causes an uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest that can move up the neck and throat. It can also lead to a butter taste in the mouth and throat.
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Fortunately, the treatment for this nasty disease is easy. Antacids can be used to treat the occasional heartburn attack. If you experience heartburn more often, consider cutting acid and spicy foods from your diet.
10. What causes high blood pressure?
As with "why am I always tired," this question produces a number of answers, depending on your overall health and lifestyle choices. Everything from gum disease to a diet rich in red meat, kidney disease and sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure.
If you are worried about your blood pressure, you should meet with your doctor to get to the bottom of the cause. They may suggest a number of ways to reduce blood pressure, from diet to medications.
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