Glossary of Diabetic Terms - O

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Obesity: A term uses to describe excess body fat. It is defined in terms of a person's weight and height, or the body mass index (BMI). A BMI over 30 is classified as being obese. Obesity makes your body less sensitive to insulin's action. Extra body fat is thought to be a risk factor for diabetes.

Ophthalmologist: A doctor who treats people with eye diseases.

Optometrist: A person professionally trained to test the eyes and to detect and treat eye problems, as well as some diseases, by prescribing and adapting corrective lenses.

Oral diabetes medications: Medications that people take to lower the level of sugar in the blood. Oral diabetes medications are prescribed for people whose pancreas still produces some insulin. These medications are not used in diabetes during pregnancy.

Did you know: Almost all "ideal body weight" websites use obsolete formulas or tables created in 1979 or earlier.
On this page: Learn what people just like you think about their ideal weight.
Then: Set your own diet goal somewhere between a medically-recommended weight and a weight that your peers would hope for.
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Scientists in the United States say shift workers getting too little sleep at the wrong time of the day could be increasing their risk of diabetes.

They have found that changes to normal sleep means the body is unable to control sugar levels.
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