How Is Blood Sugar Measured In Canada

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Archived - Notice - Units Of Measurement For Blood Glucose Meters Sold In Canada

We have archived this page and will not be updating it. You can use it for research or reference. This notice affects: manufacturers of blood glucose meters for sale in Canada The purpose of this notice is to communicate Health Canada's decision to license blood glucose meters and associated software that display results solely in millimoles per litre (mmol/L) for sale in Canada. In Canada, the standard unit of blood glucose measure is mmol/L. In other countries, the standard unit of measure may be milligrams per decilitre (mg/dL). Some glucose monitors display their results only in mmol/L while other device models are capable of displaying their results in either unit of measure. It has been shown that in some meters the displayed units of measure can be changed inadvertently if the device is dropped, the batteries are changed, or even without apparent cause. Results in mg/dL may be 18 times higher than the same results expressed in mmol/L. If diabetic patients overestimate their blood glucose reading, they might self-administer too much insulin, which could lead to dangerously low blood glucose levels and loss of consciousness or seizure. Three product-specific public communicati 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.

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