+1 – Agreement with the previous poster


A1C - Glycosylated Haemoglobin  (lab test that shows mean blood glucose over time)

ADA - America Diabetes Association / Americans with Disabilities Act

AFAIK - As far as I know


BBT – Big Blue Test (see TuDiabetes for info)

BG or BS – Blood sugar / blood glucose

BOB - Bolus on Board (used interchangeably with IOB)

BP – Blood pressure

BTW – By the way

BU - Bread unit (12g of carbs = 1BU)(used in Europe)


CDA - Canadian Diabetes Association

CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

CDP - Certified Pump Educator

CF - Correction factor

CGM / CGMS - Continuous glucose monitor/ continuous glucose monitoring system

CHO - Carbohydrate

CSII - Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (device) - insulin pump

CU - Carbohydrate unit (10g of carbs = 1CU) (Used in Europe)

CWD - Child/children with diabetes


D - Diabetes

DCCT - Diabetes Control and Complications Trial Digest

Dex - Dexcom CGM

DKA - Diabetic ketoacidosis

DM - Diabetes Mellitus

DOC - Diabetes Online Community

DP - Dawn Phenomenon

DTC - Disability Tax Credit ( for Canadians )

DX - diagnosis


ED - Eating disorder

EMT - Emergency medical technician

Endo - Endocrinologist


FBG - Fasting blood glucose

FS - Fingerstick

FWIW - For what it's worth

FYI - For your information


GAD - Lab test for Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase   (antibodies)

GD / GDM - Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

GI - Glycemic index

GL - Glycemic load

GP - General Practitioner


HbA1C - Glycosylated Haemoglobin  (lab test that shows mean blood glucose over time)

HTH - Hope that helps

Hypo - Hypoglycaemia (low blood  sugar)


I:C ratio - Insulin:carbohydrate ratio

IDDM - Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

IDF - International Diabetes Federation

IDK - I don’t know

IM - Intramuscular injection

IMO / IMHO - In my (humble) opinion
IR - Insulin Resistance
IOB - Insulin on board

ISF - Insulin sensitivity factor


JDRF - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation



LADA - Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults

LC - Low carbohydrate

LOL - Laughing out loud


MDI - Multiple Daily Injections

mg / dl - Milligrams per deciliter (blood glucose meter measurement mostly used in the US)

MM - Minimed insulin pump (or refers to the company)

mmol / L - Millimoles/liter (blood glucose meter measurement)

MODY - Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young


N - NPH insulin

NDIC - National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

NIDDK - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

NIDDM - Non-insulin dependent Diabetes Mellitus

NIH - National Institute of Health

NPH - Neutral protamine Hagedorn - intermediate acting insulin


OMG - Oh my goodness

OP - Original Poster

OT - Off topic

OTOH - On the other hand


PcP - Primary care physician

PN - Peripheral neuropathy

PP - Post prandial

Pumper - PWD who uses an insulin pump

PWD - Person(s) with diabetes



R - Regular insulin

RD - Registered dietician

RDSP - Registered Disability Savings Plan (for Canadians)

ROFL - Rolling on the floor laughing

RTMS - Real Time Monitoring System (RTMS, TGMS and CGMS refer to the same device)


SD - Standard deviation

SF - Sugar free

SMBG - Self monitoring of Blood Glucose

SWAG - Scientific wild a$$ guess

Sx - Symptoms


T1 - Type 1 diabetes

T1.5 - Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults

T2 - Type 2 diabetes

T3 - Family or friend of a person with diabetes

TBA - To be announced

TDD - Total daily dose of insulin

TGMS - Telemetered Glucose Monitoring System

TuD - Tudiabetes.org

Tx - Treatment




WDD – World Diabetes Day (November 14)

WOE – Way of eating

WTF - Unexplainable high or low bs



YDMV - Your diabetes may vary

YMMV - Your mileage may vary (e.g. your results may be different)



To add acronyms please e-mail emily2@diabeteshf.org

Last updated by Emily Coles Jul 27, 2012.



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