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

Definition of prediabetes

: an asymptomatic abnormal state that precedes the development of clinically evident diabetes

Other Words from prediabetes

prediabetic \ ˌprē-​ˌdī-​ə-​ˈbe-​tik How to pronounce prediabetes (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of prediabetes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Overtime, this can lead to prediabetes and then type 2 diabetes. Sarah Bradley,, 19 Oct. 2021 The right eating plan and exercise habits can’t be short-lived, or insulin resistance will quickly return, and will lead to prediabetes. Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2021 The same underlying problem -- insulin resistance, also called impaired glucose tolerance -- is responsible for both prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 Those who complete a prediabetes risk assessment will be eligible for giveaways. Madison Bateman,, 9 Sep. 2021 Research has shown that some long-term damage to the body may occur during prediabetes. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 26 May 2021 Overtime, this can lead to prediabetes and then type 2 diabetes. Corey Maloney,, 13 Sep. 2021 Among adults aged 18 and older, 14 percent already have diagnosed diabetes, and 33 percent have prediabetes. NBC News, 24 Aug. 2021 DayTwo, a Walnut Creek, California, company that recently raised $37 million to expand its precision nutrition program, focuses on people with prediabetes or diabetes. Hannah Norman, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of prediabetes

1934, in the meaning defined above

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

Medical Definition of prediabetes

: a usually symptomless condition that is marked by somewhat elevated levels of blood sugar and that often progresses to type 2 diabetes


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