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Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are the differences between insulin and pills for managing diabetes?

A:

Many people with diabetes require insulin to help control their blood sugars. For some people with Type II diabetes, there are pill options that may be appropriate if your doctor feels you can manage your condition without insulin. The medications for diabetes cause different effects than insulin - for example, insulin often makes you gain weight whereas the pills can cause weight loss.

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Mr. Colin Holyk

Mr. Colin Holyk

BSc (Pharm)
Pharmacist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Why should I take my blood pressure a few times in a row?

A:

If you are measuring your blood pressure with a device at home, it is recommended to take a few readings, ideally 2 or 3. If you leave a few minutes in between each reading, your arteries will recover and you will get a more accurate reading. By taking a few in a row, you can average them out for a good indication of your blood pressure.

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Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How do I treat my pre-diabetes?

A:

Pre-diabetes treatment usually involves making changes to certain lifestyle habits that are causing your pre-diabetes. This can involve efforts to reduce your weight, improve your diet, and to increase your activity level. Your doctor can help you identify which lifestyle habits you should work on, however you may wish to consult with an exercise specialist and/or a dietitian to help you with your program.

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