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Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/11/2006 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I need a website, formula, equation or anything else that will work and help us all convert our blood sugar readings from American numbers to the other kind that the rest of the world uses. (Why are we always the ones out of step with the world?) Just rambling here but if anyone knows of a way to do this I would appreciate your input.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Warren
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   Posted 12/11/2006 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Here ya go Jeanie!

Blood Glucose Conversion

scool Warren

Post Edited (Warren) : 12/11/2006 1:06:28 PM (GMT-7)


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/11/2006 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you! Now I have another question. Is the glycohemoglobin number the same type of measurement as the conversion gives me? (I know it's the 3 month average but I'm wondering if the number is expressed the same way as the European blood sugar numbers.)
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Warren
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   Posted 12/12/2006 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jeannie,

Well  no!  Glycohemoglobin is expressed as A1a, A1b, or A1c - the latter is what we use for our test to see how our blood has averaged over the last 3 months. As you know the test measures the amount of sugar (glucose) bound to hemoglobin. The results reflect the amount of glycohemoglobin divided by the total amount of hemoglobin multiplied by 100 (to produce a percentage). Your A1c level may be reported without a total glycohemoglobin value. So. . .

Comparison of hemoglobin A1c and blood glucose levels

Hemoglobin A1c levels

Hemoglobin A1c %

Average blood glucose (mg/dL)

Average blood glucose (mmol/L)

Severely elevated 10.5 to 14 255 to 360 14.1 to 20
Elevated 8.5 to 10 195 to 240 10.8 to 13.3
Slightly elevated 6.5 to 8 135 to 180 7.5 to 10
Normal 4 to 6 60 to 120 3.3 to 6.7

 

This is the info that you are looking for.  What is my blood glucose level in US or European measurments and how does it relate to those funny numbers the lab gives me for A1c.  Hope this helps.

scool  Warren


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/12/2006 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Absolutely! Thanks! I think I was trying to compare apples to elephants....
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


lawink
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   Posted 12/12/2006 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!
I have a Blood Glucose Conversion Chart that you can print out which is very handy. It's available at

http://www.petdiabetes.org/gluc_convert.htm

Now I know it was at a "pet" site, but blood sugar is blood sugar and the chart is so handy when printed out all on one page. Now, when you get there it says page doesn't exist, but upon scrolling down, there's a link to conversion chart and it works. . . I just tried it out myself to be sure.

;o) Linda


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/13/2006 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
See! I told you I was comparing apples to elephants!
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Phishbowl
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   Posted 12/13/2006 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's the equation for the conversion...
To get the equivalent mmol/L - multiply the glucose value in mg/dL by the conversion factor of 0.05551
(example: 110 mg/dL x 0.05551 = 6.66 mmol/L)
or
The easier but less precise way - dividing the mg/dL value by 18 to get the equivalent in mmol/L
(example: 110 mg/dL divided by 18 = 6.1)

Cheers :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)

"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/13/2006 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
OMGosh! Is that you Phish?!?!?!? Haven't seen you in a month of Sundays! Hope all is well with you. I'm plugging along... My dad passed away last month and that has been hard but my numbers are good so I must be dealing with the stress ok.

Don't be such a stranger... We've lots of newbies that could use your input. tongue
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Phishbowl
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   Posted 12/14/2006 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiday-Ho, Jeannie :-) Actually, I have been "away" for a while. Life got in my way big time these past few weeks. I couldn't begin to tell you all that's gone on (deaths, major life events, etc). I'm really sorry to hear about your Father, Jeannie. I almost lost my Mom twice recently and I'm worried about the near future there (she has cancer). I feel as though I've lived a lifetime in a few short weeks and have the (usual) wacky blood sugars to prove it. Just when I think I've got it understood, it throws me a right hook. What seemed to have worked for the past few weeks has had me going multiple daily hypo the past few days. Maybe I should just dive into a few more holiday treats :-) I should be around a bit more and I won't be such a stranger :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)

"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/14/2006 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Family illness can really take it's toll on us all. I'm sorry to hear about your mom. I'll remember her in my prayers. I know that stress can make blood sugar all wacky as the adrenaline kicks in. You know more about your Type 1 numbers than any of us here. Please take care ... and about your hypos... you have a medical alert bracelet, right? (Jeannie is doing her normal 'mother hen' thing.)
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Phishbowl
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   Posted 12/15/2006 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
My thanks for your kind words and support - they really do help :-)

Medic alert bracelet? You bet! Was glad I was wearing it yesterday when I had to pull over on the side of the highway to test and found I was 2.8 (50)!! I "fixed" it real quick but I figured if a cop came by I could just point to the bracelet to explain my situation. That's scary stuff - especially the ones that sneak up on you (it was just over an hour after eating breakfast - the same thing I eat every day. Gotta get into analyst mode to figure things out again - sigh, it can be so trying sometimes, eh?
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)

"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"


Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/15/2006 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like your insulin is goofy, but what do I know? Aren't you on the pump?
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Phishbowl
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   Posted 12/16/2006 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, most definitely my insulin needs to be adjusted. The question is always which one to play with, the Levemir or the Rapid. I've been taking 1 less unit at each meal but that doesn't seem to be alleviating the (unexpected) hypos. I literally work with half units for my Levemir so I have to look at that next. At least being on a pretty consistent/regimented diet helps when making insulin changes; I know it's not my diet. Just means I'll have to stick to it through the holiday temptations :-)

Not on the pump yet, can't afford it right now. One day :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)

"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

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