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Old 12-20-2011, 05:11   #1
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Default Medical & Other ABBREVIATIONS commonly used on this site

A1c or HbA1c: test showing the percentage of hemoglobin that has glucose attached. Since average lifespan of the red blood cell (RBC) is 90-120 days, this test is commonly performed at 3-month intervals.

: American Diabetes Association

AS: artificial sweetener

ATP: adenosine triphosphate - a nucleotide derived from adenosine that occurs in muscle tissue; the major source of energy for cellular reactions

BF: breakfast

BG or BS
: blood glucose or blood sugar.
blood glucose level or blood sugar level.

better half
other half

body mass index

basal metabolic rate

blood pressure

BPC: bullet proof coffee

CC: cream cheese

Canadian Diabetes Association

certified diabetes educator

continuous glucose monitoring system

CHO or carbs:

coconut oil

cardiovascular disease

diabetes of any type

dear husband
dear wife

diabetic ketoacidosis. A condition of high blood sugar combined with low or no insulin, which can cause coma and even death

dawn phenomenon

diabetes Mellitus



emergency room
operating room

ETYM: Eat to Your Meter

fasting blood levels

Gabapentin. An anticonvulant drug used to relieve diabetic neuropathy, RLS and other issues.

glutamic acid decarboxylase. GAD antibodies in the blood are indicative of type 1 or 1.5 diabetes

glycemic index
glycemic load

general practitioner

glucose tolerance test & oral glucose tolerance test

HbA1c, HA1c, HgA1c:
glycosylated hemoglobin
See A1c.

high blood pressure = hypertension

HFCS: high fructose corn syrup

HMO: Health Maintenance Organization

HWC: heavy whipping cream

ISF: Insulin Sensitivity Factor

JERF: just eat real food

KR: ketogenic ratio

latent autoimmune diabetes of adults

low carb

low-carb/high-fat as in way-of-eating (WOE)

multiple daily injections

MG: Methylglyoxal

milligrams per deciliter - unit of measuring blood sugar in the US.
millimoles per liter - unit of measuring blood sugar in most of the rest of the world

maturity onset diabetes of the young

Method of Eating (also see WoE)

N=1: And experiment with the subject size being one person - you. Usually used to describe anecdotal evidence.

National Health Service

oral glucose tolerance test

original post or poster - the one who started the thread to begin with

polycystic ovary syndrome

primary care physician

postprandial - blood sugar level after having eaten

person with diabetes

RH: Reactive hypoglycemia

RLS: restless leg syndrome


standard American diet

SC: sour cream

standard deviation

within normal limits

WOE or WoE:
way of eating (also see MoE)

WPC: whey protein concentrate

VLC: very low carb

your mileage may vary; your results may differ from others, even though all are doing the same thing

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Old 12-20-2011, 05:54   #2
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Thank you, Shanny! Very helpful!

Okay to add others? I thought of this . . .

BMR: basal metabolic rate

And then there's the most obvious one, which actually took me awhile to figure it out:

D: diabetes

I'm a little slow sometimes.

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11/2011: 8.8 | 03/2012: 5.6 | 08/2012: 5.9 | 09/2013: 6.0 | 03/2014: 6.2 | 03/2015: 6.2 | 02/2016: 6.9 | 01/2017: 6.8 | 05/2017: 7.1 | 09/2017: 6.8 | 01/2018: 6.5

Diabetes meds
Metformin 1000mg BID

Low-ish carb (~90-150g per day)
Low-ish calorie (<1800 kcals per day)

I really should exercise.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:32   #3
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I have seen OP used to indicated Original Poster and have wondered what DH stands for when people are talking about their spouses?

Age: 45 Years
Medication: 1500mg Metformin ER, 10mg Amitriptyline, 100mcg Levothyroxine
Weight 146 (138 135 129 141 137 153)lbs
HbA1C 6.2%/1FCC 44

HBA1C 8.1% dx Jan 2011 Weight 153lb
HBA1C 7.0% 16.03.2011
HbA1C 6.3% (45) 21.07.2011
HbA1C 6.0%/1FCC 42 20.12.2011
HbA1C 5.5% /1FCC 37 12.7.2012
HbA1C 5.8%/1FCC 40 05/2013
HbA1C 6.0%/1FCC 42 05/2014
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Old 12-20-2011, 14:17   #4
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DH = Dear Husband
DW = Dear Wife

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Pumping insulin since 2017
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Old 12-20-2011, 19:25   #5
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A few more that are often used online:

CGMS = Continuous Glucose Monitoring System
DP = Dawn Phenomenon
Dx = Diagnosed
GP = General Practitioner
MDI = Multiple Daily Injections
Rx = Prescription
SD = Standard Deviation
YMMV = your milage may vary (taken from the car ad disclaimers, meaning you may get different results)

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2011 A1c 5.0 5.0 5.2 5.0 2010 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.4 5.4
2009 5.4 5.4 5.3 5.2 2008 5.0 5.1 5.2 4.9 4.9
2007 5.3 5.5 5.7<----Pump 6.9 (Mix)
2006 (Lantus) 7.8 (Pills) 8.5 (Pills) 8.7 (Pills) 7.1
2005 8.4 6.9 7.4 (Pills)2004 6.2 5.6 6.4 6.0 (Pills)
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Old 12-20-2011, 21:31   #6
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Thanks for doing this think will be helpful to all newbies.

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Thanks - this is helpful - especially if you are in "huh, what?" braindead frame of mind.

I had figured out the PWD, but it was a stretch for me. Before my husband became ill in 2000, I showed dogs as a hobby and to me PWDs are Portuguese Water Dogs!

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With all these abbreviations you could amost write a whole post just using the abbreviations.

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Non-insulin-dependent type 2 . . . . . . . . .Age: 65
Diagnosis: November 2011 . . . . . . . . . . Metformin 500mg once a day
Latest labs: Nov 2012
A1C: 6.2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisinopril 10mg once a day (Diabetic Kidney Disease)
Cholesterol: 197 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Simvastatin 40 mg once a day
HDL: 33
LDL: 125
Triglycerides: 195
Painful Neuropath in Feet . . . . . . . . . . . Gabapentin 900MG 3x day & B-12 injections monthly
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Old 04-28-2012, 23:38   #9
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How about adding SAD Standard American Diet?

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Diagnosed Type 2 April 2010
Lantus 20 units
Metformin 1000 mg 2xday
Lisinipril w HCTZ 20/12.5 mg
Lasix 40 mg 2x day
Potassium CHL ER 20 MEQ
Levothyroxine 112 mg/day
April 1, 2010, A1c: 7.9 (diagnosis)
June 17, 2010, A1c: 6.1 (c peptide 3.4, bgl 91)
August 5, 2010, A1c: 5.8
February, 2011, A1c: 5.6
August 24, 2011, A1c: 5.3 (c peptide 0.8, bgl 75)
February 17, 2012, A1c: 5.0
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Default you bewdy shanny

youre a bewdy shanny much appreciated. since been on this site I have become quite interested in learning more about my diabetes Im stepping up Cheers

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