Fuel for Thought

Strange things can happen when the brain runs low on sugar

By Tony Dajer|Thursday, August 01, 2002
"I told you, I did not fall," said Mrs. Garcia. "I woke up like this." Could she have forgotten the blow? At age 83, Mrs. Garcia suffered from a host of ailments, including diabetes, and was back in the hospital just one day after recovering from a severe respiratory infection. Maybe she was beginning to show signs of Alzheimer's as well. Then again, she had woken up in bed, not on the floor. The left side of her face—purple, red, and swollen—had clearly taken a thumping. Could it be...

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