acronym for Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.


acronym for Diplomate in Acupuncture; Doctor of Acupuncture.


acronym for Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.


acronym for Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.


acronym for Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Nutrition.

dawn phenomenon (feh-NAH-meh-nun):

the early-morning (4 a.m. to 8 a.m.) rise in blood glucose level


acronym for Doctor of Chiropractic.


see Diabetes Control and Complications Trial


acronym for Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.


acronym for Doctor of Dentistry.

dehydration (dee-hy-DRAY-shun):

the loss of too much body fluid through frequent urinating, sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting.

dermopathy (dur-MAH-puh-thee):

disease of the skin.

desensitization (dee-sens-ih-tiz-A-shun):

a way to reduce or stop a response such as an allergic reaction to something. For example, if someone has an allergic reaction to something, the doctor gives the person a very small amount of the substance at first to increase one’s tolerance. Over a period of time, larger doses are given until the person is taking the full dose. This is one way to help the body get used to the full dose and to prevent the allergic reaction.

dextrose (DECKS-trohss), also called glucose:

simple sugar found in blood that serves as the body’s main source of energy.


acronym for Diplomate of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians.

DHM or DHm:

acronym for Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine.


acronym for Homeopathic Diplomate (UK).


acronym for Diplomate in Homeotherapeutics.


see glyburide


see diabetes mellitus

Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT):

a study by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, conducted from 1983 to 1993 in people with type 1 diabetes The study showed that intensive therapy compared to conventional therapy significantly helped prevent or delay diabetes complications Intensive therapy included multiple daily insulin injections or the use of an insulin pump with multiple blood glucose readings each day. Complications followed in the study included diabetic retinopathy , neuropathy , and nephropathy

diabetes educator:

a health care professional who teaches people who have diabetes how to manage their diabetes. Some diabetes educators are certified diabetes educators (CDEs) Diabetes educators are found in hospitals, physician offices, managed care organizations, home health care, and other settings.

diabetes insipidus (in-SIP-ih-dus):

a condition characterized by frequent and heavy urination, excessive thirst, and an overall feeling of weakness. This condition may be caused by a defect in the pituitary gland or in the kidney In diabetes insipidus, blood glucose levels are normal.

diabetes mellitus (MELL-ih-tus):

a condition characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from the body’s inability to use blood glucose for energy. In type 1 diabetes , the pancreas no longer makes insulin and therefore blood glucose cannot enter the cells to be used for energy. In type 2 diabetes , either the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the body is unable to use insulin correctly.

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP):

a study by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases conducted from 1998 to 2001 in people at high risk for type 2 diabetes All study participants had impaired glucose tolerance , also called pre-diabetes , and were overweight The study showed that people who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight through a low-fat, low-calorie diet and moderate exercise (usually walking for 30 minutes 5 days a week) reduced their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Participants who received treatment with the oral diabetes drug metformin reduced their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by 31 percent.

diabetic diarrhea (dy-uh-REE-uh):

loose stools, fecal incontinence, or both that result from an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine and diabetic neuropathy in the intestines. This nerve damage can also result in constipation.

diabetic eye disease:

see diabetic retinopathy

diabetic ketoacidosis (KEY-toe-ass-ih-DOH-sis) (DKA):

an emergency condition in which extremely high blood glucose levels , along with a severe lack of insulin , result in the breakdown of body fat for energy and an accumulation of ketones in the blood and urine Signs of DKA are nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, fruity breath odor, and rapid breathing. Untreated DKA can lead to coma and death.

diabetic myelopathy (my-eh-LAH-puh-thee):

damage to the spinal cord found in some people with diabetes.

diabetic nephropathy:

see nephropathy

diabetic neuropathy:

see neuropathy

diabetic retinopathy (REH-tih-NOP-uh-thee):

diabetic eye disease; damage to the small blood vessels in the retina Loss of vision may result.

diabetogenic (DY-uh-beh-toh-JEN-ic):

causing diabetes. For example, some drugs cause blood glucose levels to rise, resulting in diabetes.

diabetologist (DY-uh-beh-TAH-luh-jist):

a doctor who specializes in treating people who have diabetes.


see chlorpropamide

diagnosis (DY-ug-NO-sis):

the determination of a disease from its signs and symptoms.

dialysis (dy-AL-ih-sis):

the process of cleaning wastes from the blood artificially. This job is normally done by the kidneys If the kidneys fail, the blood must be cleaned artificially with special equipment. The two major forms of dialysis are hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

  • hemodialysis (HE-mo-dy-AL-ih-sis) : the use of a machine to clean wastes from the blood after the kidneys have failed. The blood travels through tubes to a dialyzer (DY-uh-LY-zur), a machine that removes wastes and extra fluid. The cleaned blood then goes back into the body.
  • peritoneal (PEH-rih-tuh-NEE-ul) dialysis : cleaning the blood by using the lining of the abdomen as a filter. A cleansing solution called dialysate (dy-AL-ih-sate) is infused from a bag into the abdomen. Fluids and wastes flow through the lining of the belly and remain “trapped” in the dialysate. The dialysate is then drained from the belly, removing the extra fluids and wastes from the body.

dietitian (DY-eh-TIH-shun):

a health care professional who advises people about meal planning, weight control, and diabetes management. A registered dietitian (RD) has more training.

dilated (DY-lay-ted) eye exam:

a test done by an eye care specialist in which the pupil (the black center) of the eye is temporarily enlarged with eyedrops to allow the specialist to see the inside of the eye more easily.

DiplAc (NCCAOM):

acronym for Board Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.


acronym for Board Certified Diplomate in Chinese Herbology of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.


acronym for Board Certified Diplomate in Oriental Bodywork Therapy of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.


see diabetic ketoacidosis


acronym for Doctor of Medical Dentistry.


acronym for Diplomate of the National Board of Homeopathic Examiners.


acronym for Doctor of Osteopathy.


acronym for Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

D-phenylalanine (dee-fen-nel-AL-ah-neen) derivative:

a class of oral medicine for type 2 diabetes that lowers blood glucose levels by helping the pancreas make more insulin right after meals. (Generic name: nateglinide.)


acronym for Doctor of Podiatric Medicine


see Diabetes Prevention Program


acronym for Registered Dietitian (French-Canadian).


acronym for Dietetic Technicia, Registered.

Dupuytren’s (doo-PWEE-trenz) contracture (kon-TRACK-chur):

a condition associated with diabetes in which the fingers and the palm of the hand thicken and shorte, causing the fingers to curve inward.


acronym for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.


see acetohexamide

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