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Diabetes names

Some more terms you may run across...

  • Type 1 used to be called juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes.
  • Type 2 used to be called adult-onset or non-insulin dependent diabetes.
  • Diabetes refers to any type of diabetes involving abnormal levels of glucose in the blood or urine. It includes type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.
  • Diabetes insipidus is a rare, unrelated form of diabetes involving the pituitary gland. It causes kidneys to increase urine production.


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Review Date: 6/24/2011
Reviewed By: Nancy J. Rennert, MD, FACE, FACP, Chief of Endocrinology & Diabetes, Norwalk Hospital, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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