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Dr. Heather Jenkins

Dr. Heather Jenkins

MD, CCFP
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Who needs to get tested for gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

A:

Pregnancy and diabetes is a common concern for women, although in reality not many people actually go on to develop diabetes in pregnancy.

If you previously had quite large baby, if anyone in your family had diabetes, or even a relative that had diabetes in pregnancy, this might be an indication for you to get tested for diabetes during your pregnancy.

Also, if you started your pregnancy heavier than you normally are or if you've gained quite a bit of weight in your pregnancy, you can expect that you may be asked to test for diabetes.  Your physician or midwife can help set some guidelines around what would be reasonable for you in terms of weight gain during your pregnancy. Remember that weight gain in pregnancy is normal.
 
You can always speak to your doctor or midwife, and if they have any concerns you can refer them onto either a nutritionist or a dietitian.

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Diabetes & Pregnancy

Dr. Daniel Ngui

Dr. Daniel Ngui

BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What preventative tests should I have done to stay healthy?

A:

There are several screening tests designed to detect health issues early and help prevent certain diseases. Some of these are pap smears, colon screening, mammograms, diabetes screening, and blood pressure checks. Your individual need for any of these (or other) preventative tests will depend on your current medical condition, any health risks and your age and gender. You can ask your doctor which tests are appropriate for you.

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Preventative Health Planning visits with your Family Physician

Dr. Patrick Chin

Dr. Patrick Chin

MD, MBA, FRCSC,
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Why has my doctor suggested reverse shoulder replacement surgery?

A:

If you are scheduled for shoulder replacement surgery, it is likely because non-surgical treatment methods are not being effective in helping you manage the pain and continue with your usual activities. In a traditional shoulder replacement, the tendons of the rotator cuff are used to help prevent dislocation of the shoulder joint following surgery.

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What is Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery - Orthopedic Surgery