Just a suggestion!

By granniesophie Latest Reply 2013-01-11 13:51:14 -0600
Started 2013-01-07 15:03:10 -0600

Hi all,

I've noticed that we are getting lots of folks from other places on DC and thats great!
The confusion begins when we start posting our BG levels and asking for help, or trying to interpret them.
Case in point-someone from Canada posting a question about BG levels being what we Americans consider being low enough to put you in a coma, yet they were actually very, very high. We all jumped to the wrong conclusion!
So here's my suggestion: could we all, even those of us from America, put what country we are from when posting a BG level or A1C? It would then make the rest of us understand that a conversion chart might be necessary and we might not have to go into freak out mode!
Might have to do this each time we post a BG level, even those of us who've been around here forever, since so many new folks come on everyday.
It would be just a small thing to have to do each time, but might have big results, as we see that we need to convert the BG levels, and who knows, we might all learn something new as well!
Mays posted a conversion chart, and I put it into my favorites on IE8 so I can get to it easily. It was easy to do, and now I'll be able to do the conversion BEFORE I freak out!
What do you all think? Do we need to do something like this?

Sonya :)

5 replies

jayabee52 2013-01-07 22:45:04 -0600 Report

Thanks Sonya

I think it is an EXCELLENT suggestion!

I try to do that already, especially when I know who they are and that they are not from the USA. (As far as other countries which use the mg/dl system, as far as I know only the USA and territories use that system of measuring).

I ran into the same problem about 3 yrs ago and came upon a little conversion tool which I have saved to my Gmail account in the drafts section (can't save anything on this computer because it belongs to the apt complex) I found this conversion tool ~ http://diabeticgourmet.com/Tools_and_Calculat... But here lately I am liking a tool shared recently by Mays here ~ http://www.onlineconversion.com/blood_sugar.htm

I believe as Lou does, that A1c redings do not vary according to country.


Type1Lou 2013-01-07 17:37:05 -0600 Report

Great idea Sonya! We, in the US use mg/dl (milligrams per deciliter)scale for blood glucose readings while my Canadian cousins use mmol (millimoles per litre). (and probably many other countries do too) If we just added "mg/dl" or "mmol" after our BG numbers, that would avoid confusion. I just posted a reply elsewhere and didn't note mg/dl but I'll try to do so in the future. I don't think the A1c numbers vary from country to country.

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