I have Type 1 diabetes. And sometimes I forget that no one else knows what I am talking about. So, here are a few terms that may show up occasionally.
A1c – A blood test that gives an idea of a persons average blood glucose levels for the last 3 months.
Animas – The insulin pump variety that I
use used for 12 years prior to switching to the t:slim. Animas website.
basal – refers to the baseline amount of insulin a T1D receives throughout the day to combat the sugar released by the liver.
blood sugar – refers to the level of glucose in the blood. For a non-diabetic, this number is usually between 70 and 120. Those of us with diabetes are happy below 150. Reported in mg/dL in the US. Referred to as BG.
bolus – refers to the insulin a T1D gives to counter act the carbohydrates in a meal. Also given to correct a high blood sugar level.
CGMS – Continuous Glucose Monitoring System see Dexcom
D-****** – the preffix “D” deems that whatever term follows is to be considered as it relates to diabetes. (See D-gadgets)
Dexcom G4 Platinum – The CGMS that I use and often refer to as Dex. Dexcom website.
D-gadgets – Any piece or technology related to diabetes. Sometimes they make me feel bionic.
DOC – Diabetes Online Community
high – referring to hyperglycemia
hyperglycemia – Blood glucose levels above 140 (for a diabetic, above 120 for a non-diabetic). Symptoms include extreme thirst, frequent urination, upset stomach. see high
hypoglycemia – Blood glucose levels below 70. Symptoms include shakiness, dizziness, sweating, and lethargy. see low
insulin pump – A device worn by a T1D that offers a continuous flow of insulin. see Animas; t:slim
low – referring to hypoglycemia
PWD – Person With Diabetes
Symlin – injectable, synthetic amylin, a hormone produced by a healthy pancreas (ie, not mine) that helps lower blood sugar in three ways: 1) slowing the rate that food moves from the stomach to the intestines, 2) lowering the amount of glucose produced by the liver, and 3) triggering satiety after a meal which helps to control the appetite and decrease food consumption. For more information, click here.
t:slim – A new touch screen insulin pump from Tandem. I got mine in Nov 2013.
T1D – Type one diabetes, aka the lazy pancreas disease. The cause, care, and outlook for the T1D person is different than that of the T2D (type 2); not better or worse, just different. For a more technical comparison, click here.
The Big D – Diabetes