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The 10 Most Googled Health Questions of 2018

 Googling your health symptoms isn’t always the best idea, but that certainly doesn’t stop people from doing so! As it has done for the past few years, Google has released a list of the most searched terms for health in 2018. Here are the 10 health questions everyone was Googling in 2018:
1. What is the keto diet?
For the second year in a row, people were wondering about the low-carb, high-fat diet that has lead to weight loss for hundreds of people. It 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. It also has benefits for the skin, helps with polycystic ovarian syndrome and be used as a treatment protocol for diabetes. It also has some cons, such as the so-called keto flu. Check with your doctor if the diet is right for you prior to starting it.
2. What is ALS disease?
ALS is a disease that affects the nervous system by destroying cells over time. Stephen Hawking was probably the world's most famous ALS patient and was only expected to live a few years after diagnosis, but he lived to be 76. "I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many," Hawking, who long used a wheelchair, reportedly wrote on his website. "I have been lucky that my condition has progressed more slowly than is often the case. But it shows that one need not lose hope". The first human trial for ALS treatment began in December 2018. 
3. What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a disease which involved the tissues that normally line a woman's uterus growing on the outside of the organ. Numerous celebrities just so happened to speak out about the issue, talking about how the disease had impacted their fertility. In addition to being mentioned by celebrities, a new treatment for it was approved last July. 
4. How long does weed stay in your urine?

As more states and even whole countries legalized marijuana in 2018, questions about the drug were on the rise. There are a number of ways it affects the brain and body, and it can vary from person to person. As far as how long the drug remains in your system, the drug stays in the 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?
Some 80,000 people died from the flu in 2017, so it's perhaps unsurprising that people want to know how long it lasts in order to see when they can resume their fever-free lives! The thing is that numerous factors can influence this such as when it was caught, the severity, and the person's health. The flu normally lasts 1-2 weeks.
6. How long is the flu contagious?

Similarly, people were curious as to how long the flu is contagious. An understandable question if you're trying to keep others from suffering a similar fate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is most contagious in the first three to four days after the illness begins. Unfortunately, because symptoms can begin two days after the virus has entered the body, the CDC noted that it's possible for you to infect someone before you know you have it. In order to keep you and others free from the virus, the best course of action is to get your flu shot. 

7. When does implantation bleeding occur?

Those who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant are likely the ones wondering when implantation bleeding, or light bleeding, occurs. Implantation bleeding occurs 10 to 14 days after conception and is often one of the early signs you're pregnant. If you notice light bleeding while trying to conceive, don't fret. Simply consult your doctor and go in for a checkup - you might walk out with good news.

8. Why am I always tired?
The bane of seemingly everyone's existence these days is just how tired they constantly seem to feel. Unfortunately, there isn't just a single answer to this question if you happen to feel this way. It's worth consulting a doctor if it's a regular occurrence for you. 
9. What does heartburn feel like?

Heartburn occurs when your stomach acid flows back into your esophagus, so you can imagine how unpleasant that must feel. It causes an uncomfortable burning feeling in your chest that can move up to your neck and throat. It can also lead to a butter taste in your mouth and throat. Luckily, treatment for this unpleasant ailment is easy. Antacids can be used to treat the occasional bout of heartburn. If you experience more frequent heartburn, consider cutting acidic and spicy foods out of your diet.

10. What causes high blood pressure?

Everything from gum disease to a diet heavy in red meat to kidney disease to sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure. This answer depends on your health and lifestyle choices. If you're concerned 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 lower your blood pressure, from diet to medications.

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