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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General knowledge
June 11, 2018

What causes hiccups?

You're in the middle of telling your friends how your weekend was, when “hic!” your body jerks and your throat quickly contracts. Oh man! You have the hiccups again. Why does this happen, and how do you make it stop? Hiccups are involuntary contractions from your diaphragm, the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen. The diaphragm plays an important role in breathing. When you hiccup, your vocal cords are blocked after each contraction which causes you to make the “hic” sound. Hiccups are usually harmless, but in some cases, they may be linked to a serious condition. Why…
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