I’m a doctor and these are the secret health hacks we only tell friends and family

IT'S no secret that doctors have a wealth of information when it comes to health and wellbeing.

But one expert has now shared the secret health tips that medical professionals only usually reveal to their friends and family.

Posting to TikTok, Dr Karan Rajan explained some of the top tips he only usually shares with his nearest and dearest.

When it comes to medication and supplements, it's likely that most people will store them in the bathroom, but Dr Rajan said you should put them somewhere else.

He explained: "Don't keep your meds in you bathroom's medicine cabinet. The steam from the shower and temperature fluctuations can degrade the medication.

"Keep them in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight."

Most medications have instructions as to where you should store them and you should also read the label and check the packaging for storage advice.

Dr Karan added that some liquid medication and some with specific coatings can be kept in the fridge.

Dr Rajan also revealed secrets on health conditions and what you should do if you are seeking help from a doctor.

Around a third of adults in the UK suffer with high blood pressure, but some people won't notice it.

High blood pressure can put you at risk of a range of health conditions, such as heart disease and heart failure.

Despite the risks, Dr Karan said you shouldn't rush into taking medication.

"If your doctor wants to prescribe you medication to reduce your blood pressure ask for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, where blood pressure is measured over 24 hours at home first.

"This is way more accurate than one reading", he said.

His last token of advice was for everyone who has ever spent more time than they'd accounted for in the waiting room at your local GP surgery.

He revealed the optimal time you should be booking your appointment if you want to be in and out.

"If you've got the choice to pick your times for a doctor's appointment try to schedule it for early in the morning or just after lunch.

"Doctors are more likely to be on time so you wait less", he said.

"My first few cases generally are on time but late morning & late afternoon sometimes can over run".

Dr Karan previously revealed the worst case he had ever treated in A&E and how you can guess the size of a man's penis.

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