Feline Diabetes Message Board Glossary of Abbreviations
The non-slang medical terms are discussed in greater length in the main portion of the dictionary. Also, see the dictionary for all medical terms. Just click on the navigation letters above.
BEAN: human being/bean
BG: Blood Glucose (normal for a cat is between 70-120). For diabetic cats, the preferred range is between 100 (at peak insulin effect) and 200. Levels up to 300 may occur even in a regulated cat.
BUN/Creatinine values: Important blood values that reflect renal (kidney) function.
CC: Cubic centimeter. Same as milliliter or ml. This is a term you will hear associated with some medications and subcutaneous fluid dosages.
CIVIE/CIVILIAN: A cat who doesn't have diabetes.
CURVE: When a blood glucose curve is done to determine the cats reaction to the insulin/dosage, a blood glucose (BG) test is generally taken every 2 hours for a 12-hour period. The curve can also be a full 24-hour curve or a mini curve.
DC: Diabetic cat
DH: Darling Husband (or any other adjective beginning with "d" that you wish to apply!
DKA: Diabetic Ketoacidosis
DM: Purina DM - high protein diet for diabetic cats
ECID: Every Cat Is Different. Remember that Every OWNER is different, too!
EFA: Essential Fatty Acids.
FF: Fancy Feast canned cat food.
HONEYMOON: Many cats experience a period of time where they no longer need insulin. This treatment free period is referred to as the "honeymoon."
h*n*ym**n*: Often used to denote honeymoon by those who dont want to jinx the happy possibility by spelling out the whole word J
HYPO: Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar - must be treated!) [See Hypoglycemia Education]
HYPOGLYCEMIC UNAWARENESS: Condition in which no visible signs of hypoglycemia are present even though the BG level is low.
IBD: Inflammatory Bowel disease.
KARO: An American brand of high-sugar corn syrup. You may substitute honey, maple syrup, or any similar concentrated liquid.
*NM*: Seen in the message subject line on the FDMB. This simply means there is no text in the body of the message.
P/D: Polydipsia - excessive thirst (drinking alot).
P/U: Polyuria - excessive urination (peeing a lot).
PEAK: The time period when the insulin is strongest causing the BG level to be lowest. Will vary depending on the cat and duration of insulin used. Should not fall below 100 mg/dl or 5.5 mmol.
PURINA DM: High protein diet for diabetic cats.
PZI: Protamine Zinc Insulin. PZI is a long acting insulin widely accepted as an excellent choice for diabetic cats. The most popular forms are Blue Ridge PZI (95% beef & 5% pork) and UK PZI (100% beef).
SCIENCE DIET PRESCRIPTION FOODS (common):
SHOOT: To inject.
Sub-Q, SQ: Subcutaneous fluids.
SUGARCATS: What all our diabetic kitties are!
UNIT: This is the term we use to measure our insulin dosage:
TLI: This is a simple blood test to determine the presence of pancreatitis.
UTI: Urinary tract infection
Non-Medical terms used in discussion on the FelineDiabetes.com Message Board.
BEANS: Our sugarcats unique word for humans (beings as in human beings).
BTW: By the way
CIVILIAN: Non-diabetic cat.
The FelineDiabetes.com community owes a great debt to long-time FDMB user Melissa for her hard work in creating and maintaining the first FDMB glossary.