Diabetes Dictionary

This quick reference is your comprehensive lookup of diabetes terms and their meanings.

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Saturated fat -  A type of fat that has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease. Found in animal foods such as butter, full fat dairy foods, and fatty meats, as well as many processed and takeaway foods.
Sharps -  A word commonly used to describe syringes, pen needles and lancets used by people with diabetes which require safe disposal after use.
Short acting insulin -  Insulin that is absorbed quickly into the body after injection. Commonly used in conjunction with long acting insulin in the management of type 1 diabetes in children.
Sliding Scale -  A method of insulin adjustment based on blood glucose levels.
Social Worker -  A health professional who helps families cope with the diagnosis of diabetes and the impact on family life.
Subcutaneous -  Underneath the skin.
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