Diseases & Treatments

The Different Types of Diabetes, Defined – Health Article

Source: UNC Health Talk. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, but there are many misconceptions about what it does to the body, who can get it and how it’s treated. We talked to UNC Health Care experts to create this explainer. The Disease “Diabetes in all its forms is essentially excess sugar in the bloodstream,” says Deepa Kirk, MD, medical director of the UNC Hospitals Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic at Meadowmont and associate professor of medicine in the UNC School of…

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When Food Rebels: What You Need to Know About Food Poisoning – Health Article

Source: UNC Health Talk We’ve all been there. One minute you’re asleep, and the next you’re jarred awake by severe stomach cramps and nausea. As you stumble to the bathroom, you recall the odd-tasting potato salad you had at your neighbor’s barbecue, and it hits you—you have food poisoning. Food poisoning, or more accurately foodborne illness, affects 48 million people in the United States and causes 128,000 people to be hospitalized annually. It can even be deadly, with 3,000 people…

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What Happens When You Have a Stroke – Health Article

Source: UNC Health Talk. Strokes can be tricky: They tend to come without warning and don’t announce themselves like other types of illnesses. “Humans’ usual way of sensing danger is pain, and unfortunately most strokes don’t come with pain,” says David Y. Huang, MD, PhD, neurologist and director of UNC Hospitals Comprehensive Stroke Center. So how do you know when to head to the emergency department? The acronym BE FAST—loss of Balance, Eyes (loss of vision or double vision), Facial…

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Do You Know Your Heart Health Facts? – Health Article

February is American Heart Month Your heart is one of your most important organs. It is constantly moving blood around the body to all the other vital organs to keep you alive. Because of this, it is very important to take care of your heart and body. The percentage of Americans with heart disease is increasing every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016), 630,000 Americans die from heart disease each year- that’s 1 out of…

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Four Reasons to Take High Blood Pressure Seriously – Health Article

Taken from UNC Health Talk. Nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure, and many of them don’t even realize it. That’s a problem, says Ben Walker, MD, a cardiologist with North Carolina Heart & Vascular. High blood pressure—called hypertension—is a type of cardiovascular disease, and it can be a warning sign of bigger problems to come. “For a lot of people, it’s the precursor for more serious conditions,” Dr. Walker says. “It’s the ubiquitous disease that makes everything worse.”…

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