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Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How can dieting affect muscle mass?

A:

If you go on a fad diet or a crash diet, you can lose weight very quickly. This rapid weight loss might include muscle as well as fat that you're losing. If we know that muscle in your body helps keep your metabolism higher, than losing that muscle is going to make it harder for your body to keep a high metabolism. Over time, this could lead to a slower metabolism and more challenges trying to keep a healthy weight.

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Muscle Mass & Weight Control in Regards to Diabetes and Obesity

Lori Berard

Lori Berard

RN, CDE, Diabetes Educator
Nurse
Winnipeg, MB
Q:

Do I have to get up at night to test my blood sugar?

A:

Most people with diabetes do not have to test their blood sugar levels through the night if their diabetes is well controlled. That being said, if you are taking certain medications which can cause your sugars to drop overnight, you may be asked to test more frequently. Your doctor can help advise you on when you should be testing your blood glucose levels.

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Best Time to Test Blood Glucose Levels

Dr. David Israel

Dr. David Israel

BSc, MD, FRCPC, Gastroenterologist
Pediatrician
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What is esophagitis?

A:

Esophagitis is irritation in the esophagus that is caused over time by continuing reflux. It can cause symptoms of the irritation, and can actually cause small blood loss which can lead to anemia (lower than normal levels of red blood cells in the body).

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Long-Term Concerns of Mild Acid Reflux