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Health Concerns of 2023: Strep Throat, High Cholesterol, and Bloating

An analysis of the top health concerns of 2023, discussing the rise in strep throat infections, high cholesterol rates, and bloating. It also explores internet-based self-diagnosis trends and the importance of spending time with loved ones.

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Health Concerns of 2023: Strep Throat, High Cholesterol, and Bloating

Strep throat infections saw a significant surge in 2023, witnessing a 30% hike compared to 2017, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Known for its contagious nature, strep throat spreads through secretions, droplets, and airborne sneezing or coughing. It can also transmit through shared food or drink and infected skin sores. Especially in the early stages of infection, the disease can remain contagious for weeks if left untreated.

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High Cholesterol: A Silent Threat

Another health concern that demanded attention in 2023 was high cholesterol. Nearly two out of every five adults in the U.S. grapple with this issue, posing serious risks to their health. Dr. Brett Osborn, a renowned neurologist and longevity expert, advocates for a low glycemic index, anti-inflammatory diet, and consistent physical exercise to combat high cholesterol levels.

Combatting Bloating Through Dietary Adjustments

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Bloating, a widespread health concern, has also been addressed in the article. Health influencer Melanie Avalon endorses dietary modifications such as a low FODMAP diet, the inclusion of digestive enzymes, and probiotic supplementation as potential solutions. She also highlighted that bloating could signify food intolerances, allergies, or other underlying health issues that need attention.

Google's 'Year in Search' and Health Queries

Google's annual 'Year in Search' report for 2023 revealed that 35% of U.S. adults resort to the internet to diagnose their health symptoms. The report offers insights into the top health-related queries, reflecting the health concerns that dominated the public mind.

The Importance of Time With Loved Ones

In light of the holiday season, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel underscored the health benefits of spending time with loved ones. As the year ends and a new one beckons, taking a moment to connect with family and friends can have a profound impact on one's health and wellbeing.

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