A1c (Hemoglobin A1c / HbA1c)
A test that measures the average blood glucose level over the past 2 to 3 months. It reflects the amount of glucose that is attached to a red blood cell, expressed in percentage (%).
An investigational device designed to mimic a human pancreas by combining an insulin pump with a continuous glucose sensor.
A slow continuous delivery of insulin, which keeps blood glucose level stable between meals and during sleep. A basal rate is measured in units per hour.
BG (Blood Glucose / Blood Sugar)
The level of glucose in the blood, measured in mg/dL.
A quick dose of insulin that is delivered to cover food consumed or elevated blood glucose.
The tiny, flexible section of the infusion set that is inserted under the skin through which insulin is delivered.
Carb Ratio (Insulin-to-Carbohydrate Ratio)
The number of grams of carbohydrate that one unit of insulin will cover.
Sugars and starches that the body breaks down to glucose and uses as an energy source, measured in grams.
Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
A healthcare professional that has experience working with diabetes, has fulfilled special requirements, and passed a board exam to be certified to instruct people in diabetes self-management.
CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor)
A continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is a handheld personal monitoring device that uses wireless technology to collect glucose readings from a small sensor inserted under the skin.
A dose of insulin given to correct an elevated blood glucose level.
Correction Factor (Insulin Sensitivity Factor)
The amount of blood glucose (mg/dL) that is lowered by one unit of insulin.
A rise in blood glucose levels in the early morning hours caused by an increase of hormone.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA / Ketoacidosis)
An emergency condition in which extremely high blood glucose levels, along with a severe lack of insulin, result in the breakdown of body fat for energy and an accumulation of ketones in the blood and urine.
Duration of Insulin Action (DIA / Insulin Duration)
The amount of time that insulin is active and available in the body after a bolus has been delivered. It is also used in the calculation for Insulin on Board (IOB).
A bolus that is delivered over a set period of time.
A physician that is board certified to treat hormone related conditions including diabetes.
A dose of insulin that is taken before meals or snacks to cover the expected rise in blood glucose from the food. Food boluses are typically matched to the carbohydrate content of the food.
A condition that slows stomach emptying and digestion.
A diabetes that is diagnosed during pregnancy.
Glucagon Emergency Kit
A kit containing glucagon (a hormone that quickly increases blood glucose) and a syringe used to treat severe hypoglycemia. Glucagon requires a prescription and is administered as an injection by someone else.
The primary source of energy for the body that breaks down from food, mostly carbohydrate and is also produced by the liver. It is often referred to as blood sugar.
High blood glucose or high blood sugar.
Low blood glucose, low blood sugar or insulin reaction.
Infusion Set (Insertion Set)
A complete tubing system that is attached to the end of the cartridge of the pump and connects to the body at the infusion site, through which insulin is delivered.
Infusion Site (Insertion Site)
The area on the body into which the cannula or needle are inserted.
Injection / Infusion Site Rotation
Changing the places on the body where insulin is injected. This applies to either syringe injections or insulin pump infusion sets. Rotation prevents the formation of lipodystrophies (defect in the breaking down or building up of fat below the surface of the skin), which can result in lumps or small dents in the skin surface.
A hormone (produced by beta cells in the pancreas) that helps the body use glucose for energy.
A small medical device that delivers precise amounts of short or rapid-acting insulin into the body in the treatment of diabetes. The two modes of delivery are basal and bolus.
A type of insulin that starts to lower blood glucose within 1 to 2 hours after injection and has its strongest effect 6 to 12 hours after injection, depending on the type used.
A condition that makes it harder for the cells to properly use insulin. Occurs in type 2 diabetes before the body stops producing enough insulin.