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Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What is Diabetes?

A:

Diabetes is a disease that affects over 9 million Canadians and 25 million Americans. Diabetes occurs when the body has trouble either making or processing insulin. Insulin is the hormone that the body uses to allow sugar (glucose) from the food we eat to go into the cells to be used as energy. If the sugar cannot enter the cells with the help of insulin, it starts to build in the blood.

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Diabetes Management - Lifestyle Changes

Dr. Dean Johnston

Dr. Dean Johnston

MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Neurologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What is Parkinson's Disease?

A:

Parkinson's Disease involves a deficit in the brain's ability to produce and transmit a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for controlling movement in the body, and a lack of dopamine causes problems moving and controlling the body. 

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What is Parkinson's Disease?

Dr. Bassam Masri

Dr. Bassam Masri

MD, FRCSC
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How can an infection in the knee cause arthritis?

A:

If you have an infection in your knee, it can actually cause the cartilage to wear away at a faster rate than that of normal aging. With this degeneration of the cartilage, it allows arthritis to develop.

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Causes of Osteoarthritis of the Knee