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Glossary of Weight Loss Terms

Daily Value(DV): Reference values developed by the FDA to describe the amount of a nutrient used as the standard for labeling purposes. DVs are comprised of two sets of standards: DRVs and RDIs.

Dawn Phenomenon: a sudden rise in blood glucose levels in the early morning hours. This sometimes occurs in people with type 1 diabetes and rarely in people with type 2 diabetes.

Dehydration: Suffering from excessive loss of water.

Deltoids: The triangular, 3- part muscles that wrap around the tops of the shoulders. They allow you to raise your arms forward, backward and out to the sides, and also rotate them inward and outward

Dehydrated: great loss of water or fluid from the body. A very high level of glucose (sugar) in the urine causes loss of a great deal of water, and the person becomes very thirsty
Dextrose see glucose.

Diabetes Insipidus: a disease of the pituitary gland or kidney, but not diabetes mellitus. So-called because most people who have it show most of the same signs as someone with diabetes mellitus-they have to urinate often, get very thirsty and hungry, and feel weak.

Diabetic Coma: a severe emergency in which a person is not conscious because the blood glucose(sugar)is too low or too high. If the glucose level is too low, the person has hypoglycemia; if the level is too high, the person has hyperglycemia and may develop ketoacidosis.

Diabetic Ketoacidosis(DKA): severe, out-of-control diabetes (high blood sugar) that needs emergency treatment. DKA happens when blood sugar levels get too high.

Diabetic Retinopathy: a disease of the small blood vessels of the retina of the eye.

Dialysis: artificial removal of waste products from the blood when the kidneys fail.

Didrex: An appetite suppressant that works by stimulating the nervous system.

Diet: the food and drink a person or animal consumes in their normal life. Also refers to an eating plan for medical reasons or as a measure to promote weight loss

Digestion: breaking down food in the stomach and intestines.

Diuretics: a drug that increases the volume of urine produced. Can produce the illusion of weight loss since no fat is lost. Can also deplete potassium

Dumbbell: a short bar with weights on each end that can be held in one hand

Dumping Syndrome: Side-effect of bariatric procedures in which food is prematurely released from stomach into the small intestine; causes nausea and vomiting.

Duodenal Switch: Also known as biliopancreatic diversion and bilopancreatic diversion duodenal switch. A bariatric surgery in which surgeons 1.) Divide a patient's stomach into a slender vertical pouch and, 2.) Re-route the small intestine to effect malabsorption.

Duodenum: The upper section of the small intestine, connects to the stomach.

Duration: Length of time one works or exercises; Duration is one way of increasing resistance to a muscle or system to improve its function

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