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Lori Berard

Lori Berard

RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Nurse Consultant
Nurse
Winnipeg, MB
Q:

What causes hypoglycemia?

A:

Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar, and there are a few simple things that cause it. You either have too much medication (or insulin) in your body, not enough food in your body, or you exerted yourself physically without the right preparation of food and insulin to fuel your exercise. This can cause your blood sugar to lower and you can experience some uncomfortable side effects from this drop.

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Definition of Hypoglycemia

Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How do I know if I am at risk of getting diabetes?

A:

Your risk of developing diabetes is higher if you have a parent or sibling with diabetes. Your lifestyle habits - including how you eat, how much exercise you get, and whether you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, can all lead to greater chances of developing diabetes. Also, women who had gestational diabetes while they were pregnant are more likely to become diabetic later in life. If you have risk factors for diabetes, you should review these with your family doctor.

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How Health and Lifestyle Can Influence Type 2 Diabetes

Dr. Daniel Ngui

Dr. Daniel Ngui

BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What is the dosing schedule for the pneumonia vaccines?

A:

If you get the vaccine against 13 (PNEU-13) strains of pneumonia first, you can get the second vaccine against 23 (PNEU-23) after 8 weeks, however, if the situation is reversed and you happen to have the vaccine for 23 strains first, you should wait one year before you have the vaccine against 13 strains.

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Adult Vaccination and the Pneumococcal Pneumonia Vaccine