The internet is a vast source of information that we often turn to when searching for information on health problems or physical symptoms we may be facing. Experts have found that many of us will search online for health related information. This can be a concern – not everything you read online is necessarily accurate or applicable to your specific situation.
Many individuals will not take the time to get a proper diagnosis to a health or physical problem. It can be time consuming with visiting doctors and specialists, going for tests and taking time off work. Cost can also sometimes be a factor. All reasons to lead many to self diagnose their ailments by using the internet.
Here are some potential issues that you need to consider before self-diagnosing your condition
- The diagnosis may be wrong.
- The diagnosis may cause unnecessary anxiety.
- Self-diagnosis may convince you that nothing is wrong – having you skip the visit to the doctor.
- Without proper clinical diagnosis and medical attention, your condition may worsen.
- In the case of a serious illness, a delay in proper medical treatment may lead you to serious complications.
A self-diagnosis can lead to misdiagnosis. The internet can be misleading and also confusing. There are hundreds of serious health conditions that share a number of similar symptoms. Choosing the wrong self-diagnosis can also lead to the use of drugs and drug abuse – using drugs that aren’t needed and in turn may cause more harm. The self-diagnosis can be misdiagnosed and leave you feeling anxious and worried about something that just may not be true. The added worry and anxiety can cause additional problems like abdominal pain and ulcers which may cause more misdiagnosis.
You also need to be aware of where exactly are you getting your information. Is it medical website, someone’s personal blog, social media? Is it credible? So, when it comes down to it, there really is no substitute for visiting your family doctor and taking the steps to determine what your health or physical issues are and how they should be properly treated. You can always use the internet to find more information on the issue, with the recommendation of valid websites from your doctor of course.
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The holidays are here and enjoying the season with friends and family usually includes having a nice beverage, alcoholic or not. A lot of the time, the drink we choose has a lot of hidden calories that do not help maintain your waistline and may negate all the hard work you’ve done at the gym.Holiday celebrations can translate into additional calories from drinks that you wouldn’t normally have. Before you reach for that glass of cheer, beware, many fancy holiday drinks are loaded with calories, fat and sugar. Eggnog, Hot Chocolates, Coffees, Cocktails are some of the well liked holiday drinks that will not help you when you go to step on that scale. There are ways to still enjoy a tasty beverage, while leaving some of those additional calories behind.
Here are some of the favorite high calorie holiday drinks and what it would take a 150lb woman to burn it off.
- Peppermint Mocha – a 16-ounce serving has 470 calories and equal to 1 hour of intense yoga.
- Pumpkin Spice Latte- a 16-ounce serving contains 410 calories and equal to 40 minutes of step aerobics.
- Hot Buttered Rum – 418 calories and equal to a 4-mile run.
- Margarita – approximately 9-ounces is 408 calories and equal to 60 minutes on the rowing machine.
- White Russian – 355 calories and equal to 30 minutes of jumping rope.
- Eggnog – 1-cup serving is approximately 350 calories and equal to 35 minutes of kick boxing.
- Hot Chocolate – 12-ounce serving is 320 calories and equal to 60 minutes of raking leaves.
To combat these extra calories, but still enjoy a nice beverage, you just have to make a healthier choice. Here are some suggestions to not let the holiday cheer get away from us:
- Go for the lighter options such as, Light Eggnog, Lowfat Lattes, Sparkling Cider.
- Substitute the milk in the drink to a low fat or skim milk instead of creams and high fat milk.
- Drink lots of water before, after and during holiday beverages. You’ll find you won’t have as many if you are hydrated with water.
- Plan ahead. Choose a holiday beverage instead of dessert. Or drink the beverage earlier in the day so you can work off the calories.
- Avoid the alcohol. Order the drink as a virgin and save up to 100 calories per beverage. Plus, you’ll be a safe driver over the holiday season.
- Skip the extras. Avoid the whipped topping, chocolate sauce, sprinkles or candy cane. Even go as far ahead and ask the barista to give fewer pumps of the flavored syrup.
- Don’t deprive yourself of what you love. Enjoy your favorite, but limit the amounts you have over the season. One delicious drink here and there isn’t going to hurt too much.
- Continue with your exercise routine over the holidays. You’ll find the little bit extra you consume over the season, won’t have too big of an effect on the scale.
If you’re sensible over the holidays you can enjoy the festivities without increasing you calorie intake too much. Happy Holidays and stay safe.