di·​a·​be·​tes | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz, -ˈbē-təs \

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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Common side effects of newer antipsychotic medications include dry mouth, salivation, constipation, weight gain, sedation, and increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, among others. Kasandra Brabaw, SELF, "7 Myths You Might Believe About Antipsychotic Medications," 7 Dec. 2018 Indeed, there’s been progress from GWAS in identifying genes that signal risk for diabetes, schizophrenia, and depression. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How scientists are trying to predict your future with your genes," 23 Aug. 2018 Emmy's father wasn't looking for a cure for her diabetes. Wayne Drash, CNN, "The medicine keeping her alive was also killing her," 12 June 2018 Consuming added sugar has been linked to a host of health problems, including skyrocketing obesity rates and increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. David Carrig, ajc, "Study: Toddlers consuming more sugar than is recommended for adults," 11 June 2018 However, Polubriaginof is using the overall results to suggest that Columbia’s physicians could do a better job of screening patients at risk for diabetes and celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Family trees hidden in medical records could predict your disease risk," 17 May 2018 Klein, for instance, has tested whether removing body fat with liposuction or surgically excising visceral fat in obese patients would reduce risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "The Belly Fat Battle," 1 May 2018 And researchers have found associations between inflammation and various chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable," 11 Nov. 2018 Ultimately, the research and programming is intended to reduce risk factors of developing chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and to decrease the possibility for adult obesity, Dr. Fuster said. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Harlem Study Fruitful in Teaching Children Healthy Habits," 10 Nov. 2018

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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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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


di·​a·​be·​tes | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz, -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


di·​a·​be·​tes | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈbēt-ēz, -ˈbēt-əs \
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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