pre·​di·​a·​be·​tes ˌprē-ˌdī-ə-ˈbē-tēz How to pronounce prediabetes (audio)
: an asymptomatic abnormal state that precedes the development of clinically evident diabetes
prediabetic adjective or noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These drugs have also been found to help people with prediabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), reducing insulin resistance, and other related conditions. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 10 Feb. 2023 That resistance then leads to high glucose levels, which over time can turn into prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Audrey Noble, Allure, 29 Nov. 2022 These sugars encourage people to eat more, which can lead to weight gain, fat accumulation and prediabetes. Richard Johnson, The Conversation, 22 Aug. 2022 The test can be used to diagnose diabetes, gestational diabetes, or prediabetes. Verywell Health, 30 Jan. 2023 Over that time, the rate of prediabetes in adolescents went from 11.6% to 28.2%, rising fairly steadily in that time frame. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 Your level is in the prediabetes range, which puts you at high risk for developing diabetes. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 His search for answers as a prediabetes patient led him to meet his two scientist cofounders, chief innovation officer Stephen Phinney and chief science officer Jeff Volek. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 La Rabida Children’s Hospital has seen a pandemic surge in prediabetes. Lindsey Tanner,, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prediabetes was in 1934

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“Prediabetes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


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