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Dr. Karen Buhler

Dr. Karen Buhler

MD, CCFP
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Is it safe to drink alcohol during pregnancy?

A:

Alcohol is one of the most harmful substances to take in pregnancy.

It has serious effects on the baby that can cause lifelong disability. For example, it affects vision, hearing, intelligence, emotional control, and overall ability to understand and learn new tasks.
Most health authorities recommend minimal to no alcohol in pregnancy.

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Drinking During Pregnancy

Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are the different types of diabetes?

A:

The three main types of diabetes are Type I, Type II, and gestational diabetes.

In Type I diabetes, the body is unable to produce its own insulin. In Type II diabetes, the body produces insulin, but is unable to process or use it. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnancy when the body is unable to keep up with the insulin demands of a growing fetus.

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Diabetes Management - Lifestyle Changes

Dr. Bassam Masri

Dr. Bassam Masri

MD, FRCSC
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Vancouver, BC
Q:

When should I have a hip replacement?

A:

If your doctor has told you that you are a candidate for hip replacement surgery, the timing of the operation will be a decision that you can make together. The general recommendation is to wait as long as possible, and to try other methods to control the pain with medications or walking aids to offload the affected hip. You can speak with your doctor about how necessary the hip replacement surgery is for you and what other options you might have in the meantime.

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Key Decisions of Hip Replacement Surgery