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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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Dr. Sabrina Gill

Dr. Sabrina Gill

MD, MPH, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are the signs of extra testosterone in women?

A:

Too much testosterone in women can cause problems like PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Signs of extra testosterone in the female body include dark hair growth in unusual places like the face, neck, back, stomach, or upper arms. You may also notice issues with acne, or sweaty or oily skin. If you are noticing these symptoms, you should see your family doctor to have your testosterone levels checked.

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Dr. Tasha Bienert

Dr. Tasha Bienert

MD, Family Practice
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What birth control options are currently available for women?

A:

There are several birth control options out there and your doctor can help you decide which is the best for you. The birth control pill is still a very common method, and the pills have changed quite a bit over the past few decades so the hormone dosages in them are fairly low. An IUD is another option and there are newer types available. Condoms are also widely recommended. Obviously, you need to figure out the best choice for you given your current health status and situation, and realize that different types require different reliable use by the user so you can get the information you need from your doctor.

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