Hypos Xplained

An online programme for New Zealanders wanting to learn about hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) in a fun, easy-to-understand way.

Note: This app appears to no longer be available in the New Zealand app stores.
Hypos Xplained By Medicine X
  • Education and information
  • 2 language options – English and te reo Māori

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Country of origin

New Zealand

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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? No
  • require a login? No
  • have password protection? No
  • have a privacy policy? No
  • require internet access? Yes
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Cost Free

What does the app do?

This online programme provides easy-to-understand information about hypoglycaemia, the causes, signs and symptoms and how to prevent and treat them.

Hypos Xplained has 2 language options – English and te reo Māori. Using comic-style, colourful graphics and interactive videos, you follow the story of Maree who is taking insulin and how she manages the hypos that sometimes occur. 

To find out more about the online programme, go to the website. 


 The graphics and story are fun and entertaining. 

The videos and conversations make it more interesting to follow the story.

There is an option to mute the sound.

✔ You can zoom in if you find the small font hard to read. 

 You can click on links that show pop-up information explaining complex terms, medical conditions and symptoms to help improve your understanding.

 There are 2 language options – English and te reo Māori.

 It has had input from New Zealand health professionals.

Difficult to read the text on a mobile device, but it can be magnified.

Privacy and security

The online programme doesn’t collect any personal data. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.

Review details

Date of review: October 2020
Platform reviewed: Windows PC


The following references relate to articles about apps for diabetes management.

  1. Rhyner D, Loher H, Dehais J, et al. Carbohydrate Estimation by a Mobile Phone-Based System Versus Self-Estimations of Individuals With Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A Comparative Study. J Med Internet Res. 2016 May 11;18(5):e101.
  2. Deacon AJ, Edirippulige S. Using mobile technology to motivate adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus: A systematic review of recent literature. J Telemed Telecare. 2015 Dec;21(8):431-8. 
  3. Arnhold M, Quade M, Kirch W. Mobile applications for diabetics: a systematic review and expert-based usability evaluation considering the special requirements of diabetes patients age 50 years or older. J Med Internet Res. 2014 Apr 9;16(4).

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