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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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Is Insulin a Life Long Solution If You Are Diabetic?

Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are the different ways to take insulin?

A:

There are three main ways to take insulin. The first is premixed insulin, which you would inject twice a day, the second is to take one injection of a long-lasting insulin each day along with your diabetes pills when you eat meals. The third way involves several insulin injections each day, called multiple daily injections, which would involve one shot of longer-lasting insulin and shorter-lasting insulin injections at mealtimes. 

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Are there Multiple Ways to Take Insulin?

Dr. Dean Foti

Dr. Dean Foti

MD, FRCPC, Behavioural
Neurologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How is dementia treated?

A:

The treatment for dementia basically involves managing symptoms. Your doctor may want to treat your depression if you have low mood, and other behavioural symptoms could be treated as well. This can help lessen the impact of your dementia, and slow down the rate of decline.

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Managing the Progression of Dementia