WE’RE ANSWERING YOUR top Google search health care questions of 2017! (Yes, get excited.) According to CNN, the below were the top health topics you inquired about this year.
You have questions. We have answers. You’re welcome.
What causes hiccups?
Hiccups happen when your diaphragm, a muscle that separates your lungs from your abdomen is surprised by things like sudden cold, soda bubbles, or alcohol. This muscle has nerves connected that spasm when irritated. To stop temporary hiccups, simply reset your diaphragm by holding your breath for about 40 seconds stifling the next hiccup, or gulp down a glass of water (which essentially has the same effect).
How to stop snoring?
The simple answer, lose weight. If your BMI is in the overweight range, the most common cause of snoring is the extra padding. If your BMI is normal, your adenoids (a variation of the lymph tissue in your neck akin to tonsils) may be the cause.
What causes kidney stones?
Kidney stones come in all shapes and sizes (literally), and their make-up may vary. Some people are more predisposed to kidney stones because of diet and because genetically their body responds to the excess of certain micro-elements this way. The dietary culprits can be salt (sodium), calcium, oxalate, protein, citrate, and potassium and not drinking enough water. Some medications can also predispose you to kidney stones.
Why am I so tired?
It could be a virus, not enough sleep, or even your thyroid. Please see your doc for appropriate blood tests.
How long does the flu last?
The flu can drag you away from feeling like a human for up to two weeks. Get your flu shot; even if the flu shot does not match the virus exactly, it will still likely make the flu more bearable.
What is normal blood pressure?
A perfect pressure is 115-120 for the top number and 70-80 for the bottom number. New guidelines suggest that if the top number is between 120-129, this means you may be on your way to high blood pressure, but to be considered truly elevated the top number should be at least around 140 mmHg and the bottom at least 90 mmHg. Because our arteries naturally narrow as we age, for anyone over 65, there is a little more leeway, with acceptable pressures sometimes as high as 140-150/80-90.
How to lower cholesterol?
Diet control and exercise. Stay away from full-fat foods, egg yolks, and red meat. Eat lean, clean, and exercise for 35 minutes three times a week.
What causes high blood pressure?
Fatty build up in arteries narrows our blood vessels and pressure of what is flowing through these increases. That build up can begin to deposit as early as ten years old.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and is a genetic disorder. Those with ADHD, show reduced activity within two areas of the brain responsible for motor activity and attention capacity due to biochemical and/or structural differences. These two areas are called the premotor and prefrontal cortex.
What is lupus?
Lupus is a genetic autoimmune disease. At some point in life an environmental trigger might set off immune cells to become extra predatory and attack the body’s own cells. It is not contagious, but can cause widespread painful inflammation.
Sources: NIH, Mayo Clinic, ADD.org