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Q:

I am Canadian, have type 2 diabetes and my normal blood sugars are 4-7. I notice americans use 100s (ex. 105 or 125). What is the normal range when using this model?

Amy Campbell

A:

You’re correct. In the U.S., blood glucose levels are measured in milligrams per deciliter, abbreviated as ” mg/dl”. To convert mg/dl to millimoles per liter (mmol/l), which is the unit of measurement used in Canada and elsewhere, divide by 18. For example, a blood glucose of 120 mg/dl divided by 18 equals 6.67, rounded up to 7. In the U.S., the pre-meal target blood glucose range for most people with diabetes is 70-130 mg/dl, which is equal to 4-7 mmol/l. Two hours after a meal, the blood glucose goal is less than 180 mg/dl, or less than 10 mmol/l. You can convert from mmol/l to mg/dl by dividing by 18. And to make it easier, you can find on-line conversion calculators on sites such as www.onlineconversion.com and www.endmemo.com.

May 23, 2013 at 9:03 am