This may seem silly but I have been a Type I Diabetic for 44 yrs. When I was diagnosed Diabetes was always pronounced Di-a-be-tus. Now everyone says Di-a-be-tees. It drives me crazy!! I know there are plenty of more important things to be bugged by. :) I want to know when this words pronunciation changed. Any oldies that I know always use Di-a-be-tus. I have a young friend with Type I. I'm old enough to be her Mother. She laughed at me when I pronounced it the old fashioned way. I said Hey I say it the correct way! LOL!!! Even good ole Wilford Brimley says it the way I do. So any thoughts on this? I have never found a definitive answer on this one.