Diabetes Glossary

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vaginitis

an infection of the vagina usually caused by fungus. A woman with this condition may have itching or burning and may notice a discharge. Women who have diabetes may develop a vaginitis more often than women who do not have diabetes.

vascular

VAS-kyoo-ler

relating to the body's blood vessels.

vein

a blood vessel that carries blood to the heart.

very-long-acting insulin

a type of insulin that starts to lower blood glucose within 1 hour after injection and keeps working evenly for 24 hours after injection. See glargine insulin.

very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol

VLDL

a form of cholesterol in the blood; high levels may be related to cardiovascular disease.

vitrectomy

vih-TREK-tuh-mee

surgery to restore sight in which the surgeon removes the cloudy vitreous humor in the eye and replaces it with a salt solution.

vitreous humor

VIH-tree-us

the clear gel that lies behind the eye's lens and in front of the retina.

void

to urinate; to empty the bladder.

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