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Diabetes

Diabetes
June 16, 2019

Do you have insulin resistance?

nsulin resistance can very easily lead to Type 2 diabetes. So how do you know that your body is becoming insulin resistant? Here’s what you need to know.
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Eye Health
May 3, 2019

What are those floaty things in your eye?

Ever noticed little specks or blobs floating in your eyes? These are called, appropriately enough, floaters, and they usually drift away when your eyes stop moving. But why are they there?
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Diabetes
May 3, 2019

How to catch diabetes before it’s too late

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in the world. It occurs when your body struggles to process glucose properly, causing high blood glucose (also called high blood sugar or hyperglycaemia). Left untreated, this can seriously damage...
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General knowledge
March 25, 2019

How your body turns food into energy

Growing up you may have heard about how certain foods are better for your health than others, some foods are considered “brain foods” and some provide you with energy. But, how does it work? Let’s break it down.
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
October 22, 2018

Why do you have cold feet?

If your feet are chilly, the simplest reason is a lack of warmth. But if bundling up in thick socks doesn't help to defrost your feet, there may be another cause.  Poor circulation One of the most common causes of cold feet is poor circulation (slow blood flow). Poor circulation makes it difficult for enough warm blood to reach your feet regularly. This keeps your feet cooler than the rest of your body. Circulation problems can stem from a heart condition. If your heart isn’t functioning properly, it struggles to pump blood throughout your body quickly enough. Poor circulation can…
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Pregnancy
October 8, 2018

Can I fall pregnant if I have diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition and once you’ve been diagnosed with it, you need to take care of your health by monitoring and keeping your sugar levels in check. These checks become more important and necessary when you’re pregnant, as your body goes through a lot of changes. Yes, you can fall pregnant if you have diabetes, but managing your condition becomes important for your own health and the health of your baby. How will diabetes affect your pregnancy? Poorly controlled diabetes increases the chances of having a big baby, weighing of more than four kilograms (a larger-than-average newborn). This…
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Diabetes
October 8, 2018

What diabetics need to know about hypoglycemia (hypos)

Your brain is in charge of your body because it helps you to do almost everything. For it to function properly, it needs energy that comes from glucose (sugar). When it can’t get the supply it needs, your body goes through a condition called hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), also known as 'hypo', is when there isn’t enough glucose in the blood. It isn’t a disease but could be a sign of an underlying health problem. Common signs of a hypo include sweating, trembling, hunger, irritability, anxiety, heart palpitations, dizziness, tingling, weakness and a pale face. One of the most…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
September 18, 2018

What causes the feeling of pins and needles?

Have you ever felt like your arms, legs or feet have fallen asleep after being in a position for too long, followed by a tingling sensation, as if you were being pricked by tiny needles? Also known as paraesthesia, this prickly, burning, tingling, numb, itchy sensation is usually harmless. In in some cases, though, it can be a sign of something more serious. What causes the tingling? It usually happens if you lean or lay awkwardly on your arm or leg. This can put pressure on a nerve or reduce the blood supply to the area you’re resting on. It usually…
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Sleep
September 12, 2018

Early birds vs. night owls – who has it best?

When it comes to sleeping, there are two kinds of people, early birds and night owls. If you tuck yourself into bed before 10 pm on most nights and are up early, ready for the day, you’re an early bird. If you’re up till 2 am without batting a droopy eyelid, you’re a night owl. Whichever you are, depends on your internal body clock, called the circadian rhythm and a system called sleep/wake homeostasis. Sleep/wake homeostasis makes sure that there’s a balance between your sleep and wakefulness. When you’ve been awake for a long time, sleep/wake homeostasis tells you that…
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