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Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What is the best measure of obesity?

A:

Rather than use BMI (Body Mass Index), it is a better measure of obesity to look at how much abdominal fat a person has. This can be measured by taking the circumference around their waist (waist size). This waist measurement is a good indicator of how much fat is centred around a person's midsection, which can help us understand health risks from being overweight. You can measure your waist yourself, or have a health care worker or an exercise specialist take this for you.

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Dr. Kam Shojania

Dr. Kam Shojania

MD, FRCPC
Rheumatologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are the side effects of colchicine?

A:

Colchicine is used in the treatment of gout, however you must be careful with the dosage of this medication. While a low dose can be used for a given number of days to treat gout, higher doses can cause unwanted side effects, like diarrhea.

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What is the Treatment for Gout

Dr. Duncan Miller

Dr. Duncan Miller

MD
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How can I reduce my risk of reflux?

A:

You can do a few things to help lower your chances of having reflux. Maintaining a healthy weight, limiting your alcohol and caffeine intake, and quit smoking. Also, it's not a good idea to eat right before laying down at bedtime since that can help food come up more easily.

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