Do You Speak Diabetes?

Recent Dx? D-moms and D-dads, join us in the DOC. We can’t promise unicorns on your diaversary, but we can offer support (and a glossary!).

T1D

Type 1 diabetes

BG

Blood glucose level

Carbs

The number of carbohydrate grams a food contains.

Checks

The act of monitoring blood glucose levels throughout the day.

Crash

When blood glucose levels suddenly start to drop.

Dx

Diagnosis or diagnosed (“My son was dx’d with T1D last year.”)

Diaversary

The date someone was dx’d with T1D, often celebrated like a second birthday.

D-Mom or D-Dad

Parent of a child with diabetes

DOC

Diabetes online community, a loose collection of bloggers and social media chats dedicated to diabetes.

Endo

Endocrinologist; a doctor who specializes in diabetes care and other endocrine (hormone-related) disorders.

Poker

The lancing device used to extract a drop of blood for a blood glucose check.

PWD

Person with diabetes

Spike

When blood glucose levels suddenly start to rise.

Strip

Test strip inserted in a glucose meter that holds a drop of blood.

Unicorn

A blood sugar reading of exactly 100, or when the glucose meter and continuous glucose monitor display the exact same number.

 

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the “typical” experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.