Blood Glucose and Cholesterol Measurement Units in U.S.

Spring 2007 CSANews Issue 62  |  Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.Back to list

If you are diabetic or have high cholesterol, and travel to the U.S., you are probably aware that blood glucose readings and lipids in the U.S. are measured as milligrams per decilitre, or mg/dL. This differs from the Canadian metric system measurement of millimoles per litre, or mmol/L.

"Normal" blood glucose levels for diabetics are 4mmol/L to 7mmol/L in Canada and 80mg/dL to 120mg/dL in the U.S.

To prevent uncertainty and misunderstanding in the event of a medical situation, keep conversion charts handy at all times. Below is a Blood Glucose Conversion Chart; you'll find a Cholesterol Conversion Chart elsewhere in this issue.