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What Is A Normal Blood Sugar Level?

The aim of diabetes treatment is to bring blood sugar (“glucose”) as close to normal as possible. What is a normal blood sugar level? And how can you achieve normal blood sugar? First, what is the difference between “sugar” and “glucose”? Sugar is the general name for sweet carbohydrates that dissolve in water. “Carbohydrate” means a food made only of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. There are various different kinds of sugars. The one our body uses most is called “glucose.” Other sugars we eat, like fructose from fruit or lactose from milk, are converted into glucose in our bodies. Then we can use them for energy. Our bodies also break down starches, which are sugars stuck together, into glucose. When people talk about “blood sugar,” they mean “blood glucose.” The two terms mean the same thing. In the U.S., blood sugar is normally measured in milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood (mg/dl). A milligram is very little, about 0.00018 of a teaspoon. A deciliter is about 3 1/3 ounces. In Canada and the United Kingdom, blood sugar is reported in millimoles/liter (mmol/L). You can convert Canadian or British glucose levels to American numbers if you multipl Continue reading >>

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  1. kitley

    Measurements of Glucose in US compared to in Canada

    Sorry, I see many o you gave HA1C number much like mine..I am Canadian. Mine is 6.1, when you say yout=r fasting is 100...can that be converted to !0.0 in Canada?

  2. AnnC

    Blood glucose in the US is measured in mg/dL, whereas in Canada it is measured in mmol/L. To convert US to Canadian (and Australian, New Zealand, most of Europe, South Africa etc.) numbers, divide by 18. And to convert mmol/L to mg/dL, multiply by 18.

  3. coravh

    And to add to the confusion, Britain is now using a different system for a1c.
    If you don't want exact numbers in the conversion between the US and the rest of the world, just ball park it and use 20. It's easier.
    Cora

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