diabetes

noun
di·​a·​be·​tes | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz How to pronounce diabetes (audio) , -ˈbē-təs How to pronounce diabetes (audio) \

Definition of diabetes

: any of various abnormal conditions characterized by the secretion and excretion of excessive amounts of urine especially : diabetes mellitus

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One study found that disproportionate exposures to endocrine disruptors may account for the higher rate of diabetes among black and Hispanic communities. National Geographic, "Dollar stores moving to pull dangerous plastics from shelves," 24 May 2019 The surgeon general notes that unlike those with cancer or diabetes, only about 10 percent of those with addiction get effective treatment. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 The increases, for medications for cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and liver disease, were generally each less than 10 percent. Robert Langreth And Cynthia Koons, BostonGlobe.com, "Many drugmakers ignore Trump — and raise prices anyway," 13 July 2018 Research shows that infants who have been breastfed have lower rates of asthma, obesity, diabetes, SIDS, and ear and respiratory infections. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Why breastfeeding is the "gold standard" for babies' health," 10 July 2018 Dental health is linked to overall health and well-being, and the signs and symptoms of more than 100 medical conditions, including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and oral cancer may first be detected through oral exams. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Free dental care available July 21," 25 June 2018 Researchers at the University of North Carolina chose to determine whether changes in BMI, after retirement influenced the prevalence of CHD, diabetes, or HBP in retired professional football players. NOLA.com, "Optimum Performance: A high body mass index poses health risks to NFL retirees," 27 Apr. 2018 Even stronger than hypertension, diabetes, black race—all of these risk factors that are known to be strong. Stephen S. Hall, Science | AAAS, "What's your risk of kidney disease, heart attack, or diabetes? A single molecule can tell," 19 Apr. 2018 In Davis’s opinion, part of the issue is that some black people were simply never told that diabetes is, in fact, a serious illness. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Viola Davis on Being Diagnosed With Prediabetes: ‘I Was Shocked’," 1 May 2019

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First Known Use of diabetes

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diabetes

Latin, from Greek diabētēs diabetes insipidus, from diabainein to walk with the legs apart, cross over

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diabetes

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diabetes

medical : a serious disease in which the body cannot properly control the amount of sugar in your blood because it does not have enough insulin

diabetes

noun
di·​a·​be·​tes | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz How to pronounce diabetes (audio) , -ˈbē-təs\

Kids Definition of diabetes

: a disease in which too little or no insulin is produced or insulin is produced but cannot be used normally resulting in high levels of sugar in the blood

diabetes

noun
di·​a·​be·​tes | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbēt-ēz How to pronounce diabetes (audio) , -ˈbēt-əs How to pronounce diabetes (audio) \
plural diabetes

Medical Definition of diabetes

: any of various abnormal conditions characterized by the secretion and excretion of excessive amounts of urine especially : diabetes mellitus

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