Slang. Originally the “language of criminals”, slang is used today by… well… everyone. Here in New Enlgand our slang is wicked cool. We bang ueys and drink from bubblers. In the midwest they drink pop and serve hotdish’s. And those with T1D, well, we have our own slag too…Diabetes Slang

Gusher – Remember those sugary gummies that would gush when you squeezed them? well that’s what we call a finger that gets a deep finger poke and wont stop bleeding. or when an old one opens up and starts spurting everywhere like ol’ faithful.

Hypo/Hyper Hangover – When you’ve been you’ve been up all night dealing will a low (or high) and feel like death the next morning.

Type Zero – people that think they know everything about T1D but really have NO idea.

Poker – another name for your lancet.

Roller Coastering – what your blooodsugar looks like after a crazy spurt of highs and lows.

Zombied – when you’re low, walking to the fridge for sugar. Eyes closed, arms out, moving in slow-mo (and usualy stumbling), and making some kind of groaning noise. Some people use the word “zombied” in reference to their fingers that are too cold to get blood out of them, but I personally use the fridge definition.

Free Food – food that you don’t have to bolus for! every diabetic LOVES free food!

NDR – you might see this on a lot of online communities. It stands for Not Diabetes Related. Because sometimes you just DON’T want to talk about diabetes, but for some reason we feel the need to warn people that what we’re about to say is NDR.

Beetus – as in diabeetus.

D-Bag – you know, the bag that carries all your diabetes supplies.

Pen – No we’re not talking about a writing instrument, we’re talking about our insulin pen.

Diabuddy – a friend that also has T1D.

Diaversary – that wonderful day you were blessed with diabetes.

Dia – put before anyword and it means diabetes. Ex. Diabadass, diafail, diawin.

Snake Eyes – when you poke your finger for a glucose reading but an old one opens up and …. well you get snake eyes.

Podder – someone who uses an omnipod.

Unplugged – when you’re totally disconnected from your CGM and pump.

I’d love to know, what are some diabetes slang words that you use? Are there any that are not on this list? Tell me in the comments below!


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  1. Anonymous September 30, 2021 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    This list of words came in diahandy!

  2. Megan June 12, 2022 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    The last comment made me laugh a little

    Here are a few more:

    Unicorn – 100mg/dl ‍♀️ or actually getting the same reading on Dextor (I still get to carry Dextor (g6 receiver) since I have an LG velvet), and Vivian (my Vero meter).

    Tubeless – pump with no tubing or on MDI ‍♀️, which brings me to Shooting Up (“YES I CAN HAVE THAT DONUT! I just have to shoot up first”) – I use this term way too often.

    Dead Strips – You swear that every used strip gets thrown away correctly, but somehow they still end up EVERYWHERE -one time I found one in my can of soda -so confusing. Cgm = less dead strips

    Crashing – Hypo’s happening quickly

    S.W.A.G. – When you don’t know the carb count, so you need to take a scientifically random approach when calculating your bolus dosage.

    Hey, we have to find the fun is T1D somewhere…

    Thanks for your article!

    • Megan June 12, 2022 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      *Those woman logo’s were originally different emoji’s -sorry about that!

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