As we grow older, new questions regarding our bodies and health are bound to emerge. Luckily for the internet beset masses, we can typically find answers to so many of our health and wellness questions with just a few quick clicks of our mouse. In 2017, Americans were vexed by burning questions about Lupus (a condition that affects 1.5 million Americans, including pop ingenue Selena Gomez), opioids (mostly, “what are they?”) and remedies for the hiccups, which let’s be honest, needs no summary explanation. So naturally, when Google Trends released its analytic tracking information America’s most burning health questions for 2017, we were eager to take notes. Here are a few of the highlights:
Why Am I So Tired?
A heartbreaking question that was literally asked millions of times in 2017 can typically be traced back to diet, physical activity and whether or not the person asking has a healthy sleep schedule. Put your devices away at least 30 minutes before bedtime to curb the lethargic feeling of inadequate slumber.
What Is Normal Blood Pressure?
We imagine numbers for this query spiked as millions of Americans sat across the Thanksgiving tables from family members with opposing political, religious, and/or social views. “Normal” blood pressure varies from person to person, but a good guideline is higher than 120 over 80 and less than 140 over 90. FYI, deep yoga breathing can help calm blood pressure regardless of the family holiday.
What Is Lupus?
When Disney kid turned pop/movie star turned Instagram royalty Selena Gomez revealed she was not just suffering from Lupus but that her BFF would be donating her kidney in order to save young Selena’s life, America collectively rushed to our keyboards to learn more about the disease. Learn more about Lupus at lupustesearch.org.
Searching online for answers will only get you so far, so take time to make your health a priority this year. See Dr. Della Parker for a free consultation or call 503-344-6631.