• By Jason Howland

Mayo Clinic Minute: 2017’s top Mayo Clinic web searches

December 28, 2017

When people get sick and have medical questions, the first place they go is the web. Millions turn to Mayo Clinic's website looking for information on a plethora of concerns. Mayo Clinic data analysts did a little digging to find your top queries and questions of 2017.

Dr. Sandhya Pruthi has dedicated her career to breast cancer research and patient care. She also is the chief medical editor of Mayo Clinic's website.

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In 2017, more than 350 million online visitors stopped by mayoclinic.org and did nearly 18 million health-related searches.

"We really rely on our medical experts who provide the review of the content because you don't want to get misleading or inaccurate information," says Dr. Pruthi. "And mayoclinic.org is one of the No. 1 rated websites for health information."

What were some of the most popular health-related searches? Diabetes earns the No. 1 spot as the most searched on Mayo Clinic's website.

"Here are the top five search terms of 2017: 1. Diabetes, 2. Lupus, 3. Fibromyalgia, 4. Pneumonia and 5. Hypertension," says Dr. Pruthi.

And what medical questions were most searched?

"How to lower blood pressure," says Dr. Pruthi. "How to lower cholesterol? What is normal blood pressure? Is shingles contagious? How much water should you drink?"

Dr. Pruthi says it's important to get online information from a trusted source.

"Where you can get good information, but information that's also easy to understand."

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